Auriga constellation. Optical image of the constellation Auriga, the charioteer. North is at top. The brightest star in Auriga is Capella (Alpha Aurigae, white, upper right), the sixth brightest star in the sky. At centre left is the zodiacal constellation Gemini, the twins. Its two brightest stars are Castor (Alpha Geminorum, blue) and Pollux (Beta Geminorum, white), both at far left. In the bottom left corner is the bright star Procyon (Alpha Canis Minoris) in the constellation Canis Minor, the little dog. At lower centre is the red giant star Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) in Orion. Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri), another orange star, is in Taurus 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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