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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Images from Space
was a year full of newdiscoveriesand beautiful imagery coming
from our universe. We saw new images of Saturn’s rings and even of the surface
of our own moon. We got a deeper look into the structure of one of the
brightestgalaxies and we witnessed stunning views taken from multiple
astronauts from theNASA,ESA,JAXAagencies as they circled our planet aboard theInternational Space Station. Here are some of these
images from space.
London at midnight.
combines an image taken with Hubble Space Telescope in the optical (taken in spring 2014) and observations of its auroras in the ultraviolet.
This image from NASA's
Hubble Space Telescope shows Trumpler 14, a glittering star cluster that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way
full moon rises just before sunset, over western China.
This NASA photo
obtained shows an image taken by Expedition 50 Commander Shane
Kimbrough of NASA of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agencys Kounotori H-II
Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6) as it approached the International Space Station.
This false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows clouds
in Saturn's northern hemisphere.
The Milky Way is observed behind a lookout
tower near the Hungarian border village of Tachty, or Tajti in Hungarian,
A maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within one of the
Milky Way’s satellite galaxies,
the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Election Day 2016 aboard the space station. Thanks to a bill
passed by Texas legislators that put in place technical voting procedure for
astronauts, they have the ability to vote from
space through specially designed
Wolf–Rayet star, known as WR 31a, located about 30 000 light-years away in the
constellation of Carina (The Keel).
Running Man Nebula.
An image of the Milky Way, released to mark the completion of
the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy. The APEX telescope in Chile
has mapped the full area of the Galactic Plane visible from the southern
hemisphere for the first time at submillimetre wavelengths.
view of stars in our Galaxy. the Milky Way, and neighboring galaxies, based
on the first year of observations from ESA’s Gaia satellite, from July, 2014 to
Sept, 2015. The photo was released in 1016.
The moon covers the sun, leaving a ring of fire effect around the
moon, during an annular
solar eclipse, seen in Saint-Louis, on the Indian Ocean
island of La Reunion.
2,980-mile-wide Cassini Division in Saturn's rings on the sunlit side of the
from about 4 degrees above the ring plane.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, released all of
the data from its
Kayuga spacecraft in Oct. 2016 showing images of the Earth
captured from the moons surface.
Bright, frosty polar caps, and clouds above a vivid, rust-colored
landscape reveal Mars
as a dynamic seasonal planet.
of the Orion Nebula star-formation region was obtained from multiple
using the HAWK-I infrared camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile.
Bystanders watch a solar total eclipse through cloudy
conditions in Palembang
in March, 2016.
The Richat Structure or “Bulls Eye” in Mauritania.
region of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, containing the
R136 star cluster which contains hundreds of young blue stars, among them the
most massive star detected in the universe so far.
rising over the horizon.
formed star lights up the surrounding cosmic clouds in this image from ESO’s La
Silla Observatory in Chile. Dust particles in the vast clouds that surround the
star HD 97300 diffuse its light, like a car headlight in enveloping fog, and
create the reflection nebula IC 263.
This picture, taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), shows
NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster..
Green lights from night fishing boats in Thailand.
The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is an emission nebula
8000 light-years away..
over northern Canada.
Moonrise on the International Space Station Astronaut Kate Rubins on the International Space Station shared this image of moonrise.