North celestial pole. Optical image of constellations around the north celestial pole. The pole is marked by the bright star Polaris (Alpha Ursae Minoris, upper centre) in the constellation Ursa Minor, the little bear. At lower right is the constellation Cassiopeia, the queen, with its brightest stars forming a W shape. At upper right is the faint constellation Cepheus, the king, with the even fainter Camelopardalis, the giraffe, at upper left. The bright star at bottom left is Capella (Alpha Aurigae), the sixth brightest star in the sky. Part of the Milky Way is seen at lower right.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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