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Vote Now! The Best Space Photos of 2011

Supermoon of 2011

Sandy Adams

Photographer Sandy Adams snapped this great view of the "supermoon" full moon of March 19, 2011 over Washington, D.C. Adams was one of many skywatchers who caught amazing views of the largest full moon of the year. [More Supermoon Photos]

NEXT: Shuttle and Space Station Together

Shuttle and Space Station Together

NASA

This photo of shuttle Endeavour at the International Space Station shows a rare look at the orbiter while it is attached to the orbiting lab. This photo is one of the first-ever views of a NASA shuttle docked at the space station and was taken during Endeavour's final flight on May 23, 2011 by astronaut Paolo Nespoli on a nearby Soyuz spacecraft.[Gallery: Shuttle Endeavour & Space Station]

NEXT: Under a Bloody Moon

Under a Blood Moon

George Tucker

The moon turned a blood red over the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge on NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia in this stunning photo taken by skywatcher George Tucker on June 15, 2011. [Photo Gallery of the Lunar Eclipse]

NEXT: Moon's Shadowy Tycho Crater

Shadows on the Moon's Tycho Crater

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

Sunrise shadows on the moon's Tycho crater made for a haunting scene as seen by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on June 10, 2011. NASA released the photo on June 30. [Full Story]

NEXT: Shuttle Endeavour Streaks Over Night Earth

Shuttle Endeavour Over Earth at Night

NASA

NASA's shuttle Endeavour was nearing the end of its final spaceflight when astronauts snapped amazing photos of the spaceship soaring over a nighttime Earth on May 28, 2011.

"It's pretty spectacular, the view of the planet from orbit," Endeavour commander Mark Kelly told reporters at the time. "It's something you never forget." [Full Story]

NEXT: Pluto's New Moon

Pluto's New Moon

NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI institute)

A tiny new moon was discovered around Pluto, the fourth and smallest one yet found orbiting the dwarf planet, in photos from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal. The moon, called P4, was announced on July 20, 2011. [Full Story]

NEXT: Moon & Space Capsule Shine

Moon & Space Capsule Shine

NASA/Bill Ingalls

When a Russian spaceship returned three space men home on Sept. 16, the recovery team sent to meet them caught a stunning sight: a Soyuz space capsule floating to Earth under a parachute with a bright moon in background.

The spectacular space snapshot is one of several taken by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls of the Russian-built Soyuz TMA-21 space capsule as it landed on the southern steppes of Kazakhstan in Central Asia. [Full Story]

NEXT: Aurora's Rainbow of Green

A Rainbow of Green

Stephane Vetter. Courtesy of TWAN, www.twanight.org

'A Starry Night in Iceland' by Stephane Vetter nabbed first prize in the Beauty of the Night Sky category of the 2011 Earth & Sky Photo Contest, put on by The World at Night (TWAN), an international organization dedicated to night-sky photography. An aurora dances over Iceland in the photo. [Full Story]

NEXT: "Midnight Eclipse" in Bodø, Norway

"Midnight Eclipse" in Bodø, Norway

astro.viten.no/Inge Birkeli

In Bodø, Norway some transparent clouds made the partial solar eclipse of June 1-2, 2011, look more dramatic. Observed with a H-alpha filter, more details on the sun are visible. The rare "midnight eclipse" began on Thursday, June 2, 2011, but crossed the International Date Line to end on Wednesday, June 1. [Photo Gallery: 2011 Midnight Solar Eclipse]

NEXT: Giant Black Hole's Massive Jets

Giant Black Hole's Massive Jets

SO/WFI (visible); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (microwave); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)

Energetic jets spewed forth from a galaxy's supermassive black hole got a close-up in their most detailed image ever taken by Earth radio telescopes.

The picture, released in May, shows jets racing away at one-third the speed of light from a huge black hole weighing 55 million times the sun's mass. The black hole is 12 million light-years from Earth and is tucked at the center of the Centaurus A galaxy. [Full Story]

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