100 Best Space Photos of 2012: Gallery

Galaxies in the COSMOS Field Seen by VISTA Telescope

ESO/UltraVISTA team. Acknowledgement: TERAPIX/CNRS/INSU/CASU

ESO's VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever made using infrared light. The new picture of an unremarkable patch of sky comes from the UltraVISTA survey and reveals more than 200 000 galaxies. [Full Story]

New Map of Jupiter's Volcanic Moon Io is Best One Ever


Researchers have completed the most detailed geophysical map of Jupiter's moon Io ever devised. [Full Story]

Photos of New Supernova Captured by Amateur Astronomers

Parijat Singh

Skywatchers around the globe have jumped into action to catch a fleeting glimpse of a new star explosion, a supernova to be exact, that erupted into view recently in a nearby galaxy. [Full Story]

New Milky Way Photo Captures 1 Billion Stars

Mike Read (WFAU), UKIDSS/GPS and VVV

A new photo shows one billion of the Milky Way's stars at once. [Full Story]

Astronauts Snap 1 Million Photos from Space Station

Don Pettit (via Twitter as @astro_Pettit)

Astronauts on the International Space Station have the ultimate 24/7 view of planet Earth, and the photo album to prove it: The shutterbug astronauts recently snapped the millionth photo from the orbiting lab. [Full Story]

Amazing Photo Captures Robot Cargo Ship's Space Station Arrival


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured an extraordinary photo of an unmanned European cargo ship as it docked to the orbiting outpost last week. [Full Story]

'UFO Galaxy' Spotted by Hubble Telescope

ESA/Hubble & NASA

The Hubble Space Telescope has found a UFO, but this one is filled with stars instead of little green men. [Full Story]

Rare Photo: Auroras on Uranus Spotted by Hubble Telescope

Laurent Lamy

Astronomers have caught the first views of auroras on the planet Uranus from a telescope near Earth, revealing tantalizing views of the tilted giant planet's hard-to-catch light shows. [Full Story]

Shuttle Discovery in Silhouette

collectSPACE/Ben Cooper

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies into the sunrise above Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 17, 2012. The ferry flight, destined for Washington, D.C., marked the final departure for Discovery from its home for three decades. [More Images]

Amazing Hubble Photo Reveals Tarantula Nebula's Star-Filled Web


Several million stars are vying for attention in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, located in the heart of the Tarantula nebula. [Full Story]

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