Credit: ISS Crew Earth Observations/Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center.
Thursday, November 1, 2012: The Expedition 33 crew managed to see the Soyuz rocket launching toward them on the International Space Station, Oct. 23, 2012.…Read More »
The rocket lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as the ISS was passing over northeastern China (looking west here). Rocket trails can last for minutes to hours and sit high enough in the atmosphere to remain lit well after the sun dips below the horizon.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012: Saturn's moon Mimas appears as a tiny speck at the top center of this image near Saturn. The storms visible in the far northern…Read More »
and southern hemispheres of Saturn dwarf miniscule Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across). Cassini spacecraft took the image on Aug. 20, 2012. [See full gallery. Photos: Saturn's Glorious Rings Up Close.]
Thursday, November 8, 2012: Galaxy NGC 5010 is in a period of transition. The aging galaxy is changing from a spiral galaxy to an older type called an…Read More »
elliptical galaxy. Astronomers refer to NGC 5010 as a lenticular galaxy, which has features of both spirals and ellipticals. NGC 5010 is located around 140 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). Image released Nov. 5, 2012.
Friday, November 9, 2012: Fireworks marked the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Atlantis made…Read More »
a 10-mile trip from Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building to the visitor complex which will serve as its final home. Atlantis will go on display at Kennedy’s Visitor Complex beginning in the summer of 2013. Image released Nov. 2, 2012.
Monday, November 12, 2012: This image taken by the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft shows a geologically interesting area…Read More »
of the Martian surface. Most of the planet’s surface is covered with sand and soil, and only a few places show uncovered bedrock. Fractured basement rock, sedimentary layers and edges of scarps are all visible here.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012: The sky over ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert holds a dazzling array of celestial objects. The Carina Nebula…Read More »
glows most intensely red in the middle of the image. The nebula is the brightest of its kind in the sky and contains several of the most massive stars in the Milky Way, including Eta Carinae. Below Carina Nebula lies the Wishing Well Cluster (NGC 3532), and to the right Lambda Centauri Nebula (IC 2944), nicknamed the "Running Chicken" Nebula. Three of the four Auxiliary Telescopes of the Very Large Telescope Interferometer stand in the foreground.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012: The Gemini North telescope obtained this image of the polar ring galaxy NGC 660 in August 2012. NGC 660 lies 20 million light-years…Read More »
away in the constellation Pisces. Polar ring galaxies appear rarely, with stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings over their poles. Such galaxies may have formed when two galaxies merged at right angles, or when a host galaxy stripped material from a smaller galaxy.
Thursday, November 22, 2012: Happy Thanksgiving from SPACE.com! The three Expedition 33 spaceflyers who returned in a Soyuz capsule on Nov. 19, 2012, likely…Read More »
gave many thanks for their safe return from the International Space Station. Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Flight Engineers Akihiko Hoshide of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and Yuri Malenchenko of ROSCOSMOS (Russian Federal Space Agency) landed in a remote area near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, during darkness, after spending four months in space. Vehicle headlights and an inflatable light tower illuminate the landing area.
Monday, November 26, 2012: Several coronal mass ejections (CME) erupted out of the sun in just over a day on Nov. 8-9, 2012, the largest of which was a…Read More »
halo CME. This CME appears to have originated from an active region out of view on the left side of the sun, headed behind the sun. In a halo CME, ejected material appears to form a roughly circular shape around the sun, as it is moving directly toward or away from the observer (not because it is surrounding the sun). SDO's video of the sun in gold in extreme UV light is superimposed on a view of the corona from SOHO's LASCO instrument in red.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012: Spiral galaxy ESO 499-G37 has faint, loose spiral arms seen here as bluish features swirling around the galaxy’s nucleus. A…Read More »
bright elongated nucleus represents the galaxy’s most characteristic feature. Recent studies indicate that ESO 499-G37’s nucleus sits within a small bar that stretches up to a few hundreds of light-years, however that is only about a tenth the size of a typical galactic bar.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012: The ESO 3.6-metre telescope with the HARPS spectrograph and the space telescope CoRoT have been captured in the same shot.…Read More »
The High Accuracy Radial velocity Planetary Search (HARPS) spectrograph, an exoplanet hunter, is an instrument on ESO’s 3.6-meter telescope at the left of the photo. The light trail above is not a meteor but rather CoRoT, the Convection Rotation and planetary Transits space telescope. CoRoT searches for planets by stars that dim when planets pass in front of them — the transit method. On the night that this photograph was taken, HARPS was being used to follow up exoplanet candidates detected by CoRoT.