It is an initiative of NASA that for several years has given us privileged perspectives on some of the most fantastic space landscapes. In May, the Astronomic Picture of the Day highlighted cosmic scenarios that are not recorded every day.
On the first day of the month, the kick-off came with a nebula. The Cat's Eye is one of the brightest and most detailed planetary nebulae that human tools have ever seen, and here it comes in a digital image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, which, despite being true to the beauty of the formation, does not mirror either closely or far, the wingspan of it. To go from one end to the other, it would take about half a light-year.
The distance, however, does not always influence the beauty of the images. Here "beside", in Iceland, an erupting volcano has caused a monumental ash cloud, recorded here just as thunderbolts emerge to illuminate the scenery.
But the month was made with more than three dozen spectacular images. In the gallery below you can consult all 28 space landscapes highlighted by NASA, as well as the three videos that are also part of the collection.
May 6, 2019
Virtual Flyby of the Whirlpool Galaxy
Credits: F. Summers, J. DePasquale, and D. Player (STScI);
May 20, 2019
Planets of the Solar System: Tilts and Spins
Credits: NASA, James O'Donoghue (JAXA)
May 26, 2019
Solar Prominence Eruption from SDO
Credits: NASA / Goddard / SDO AIA Team