Cassiopeia and Andromeda constellations. Cassiopeia occupies the region at upper centre, and the W-shape of stars represents the throne of the queen in Greek mythology with the same name. The line of three bright stars running from lower left to bottom right form the constellation Andromeda, who in mythology was the daughter of Queen Cassiopeia. At lower centre, between the two, is the elongated smudge of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way. The stars of the Milky Way run through Cassiopeia from left to right, and it contains numerous nebulae (red) and star clusters.
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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