Aquarius constellation. Optical image of the zodiacal constellation Aquarius, the water bearer. North is at top. Aquarius is a large and sprawling constellation which contains few bright stars. Its most recognisable grouping is the group of four stars forming a trefoil (similar to the Mercedes symbol) at upper left. The bright star at lower left is Fomalhaut (Alpha Piscis Austrini) in the constellation Piscis Austrinis, the southern fish. The constellation Capricornus, the water goat, is at lower right. Its brightest star, Al Giedi (Alpha Capricorni), is at far right, with Dabih (Beta Capricorni) just below and left of it.
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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