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100 Best Space Photos of 2012: Gallery

Misty Solar Eclipse

Tamas Ladanyi/The World At Night(TWAN)

Skywatcher Tamas Ladanyi of The World At Night (TWAN) captured this image of the eclipsed sun glowing above Kab Mountain in Hungary on Jan. 4, 2011. This image was posted on Feb. 15, 2012. [Full Story]

Cassini Photo of Saturn Moons Rhea and Titan

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Craters appear well defined on icy Rhea in front of the hazy orb of larger Titan in this view of the two Saturn moons. NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped the photo on Dec. 10, 2011. This photo was posted on Feb. 16, 2012. [Full Story]

Lunar Transit of Sun, Feb. 21, 2012

NASA/SDO

A NASA spacecraft has captured stunning footage of Tuesday's (Feb. 21) partial solar eclipse, which left our star looking briefly like a huge celestial Pac-Man.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was watching Tuesday morning when the new moon crossed part of the sun's face in a partial eclipse that was visible only from space. SDO snapped a video and photos of the solar eclipse from its lofty perch 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above Earth. [Full Story]

John Glenn at 50th Anniversary Press Conference

NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, seated right, and Sen. John Glenn address questions from the press during a briefing at Ohio State University as John Glenn's wife Annie Glenn, seated in red, looks on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Glenn's historic flight. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth. [Full Photo Gallery]

Jupiter, Venus, the Moon, and Star Trails

Roberto Porto

The brightest planets in the night sky wowed skywatchers around the world this weekend, with a dazzling crescent moon completing the scene. See photos of the celestial sight. [Full Story]

The Bullet Cluster

X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/M.Markevitch et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI; Magellan/U.Arizona/D.Clowe et al.; Lensing Map: NASA/STScI; ESO WFI; Magellan/U.Arizona/D.Clowe et al.

Though dark matter is invisible, photos of galaxy clusters and gravitational lensing hint at its nature. [Full Story]

Twister on Mars Captured in Amazing NASA Photo

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

A dust devil tears across the surface of Mars in a dazzling new photo from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. [Full Story]

NASA/SDO/AIA

This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the sun as it appeared in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths on March 5, 2012 just after a major solar flare. [More Images]

I Want Some New Stars

ESA/PACS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/IRAM

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel mission provides a new view of Orion Nebula. The infrared observations of both spacecraft combine to show fledgling stars hidden in the gas and clouds. Image released on Feb. 29, 2012. [More Images]

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site Seen in Unprecedented Detail

NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera snapped its best look yet of the Apollo 11 landing site. The photo, which was released on March 7, even shows remnants of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic first steps on the moon. [Full Story]

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