Phoenux constellation. Optical image of a starfield around the constellation Phoenix. North is at top. The bright star just below centre is Ankaa (Alpha Phoenicis) in Phoenix. The bright blue/white star at lower left is Achernar (Alpha Eridani) in the constellation Eridanus, the river. At upper right is the bright star Fomalhaut (Alpha Piscis Austrini) in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, the southern fish. At upper centre is Diphda (Beta Ceti) in Cetus, the sea monster. The orange and blue stars at lower right are Beta Grui and Al Na'ir (Alpha Grui) respectively, in the constellation Grus, the crane.
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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