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100 Best Space Photos of 2012: Gallery

Moon, Milky Way, and ALMA Telescope

ESO/S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard)

This amazing panorama depicts the site of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, in the Chilean Andes. When ALMA is complete, it will have 54 of the 12-meter-diameter dishes shown. Above the array, the arc of the Milky Way glistens while the moon bathes the scene in an eerie light. ESO Photo Ambassador Stéphane Guisard took the shot, released April 23, 2012. Click the picture to see a larger version of the astounding image. [More amazing daily space photos]

Shuttle Debuts on Broadway

NASA/Robert Markowitz

Space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), is seen as it flies near the Empire State Building, Friday, April 27, 2012, in New York. Enterprise, NASA's prototype shuttle, arrived in New York to join the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum's space collection. [Full Photo Gallery]

Supermoon 2012 Photos: Big Full Moon Views from Around the World

Tim McCord

The supermoon of 2012 rises over Entiat, Wash., in this photo by skywatcher Tim McCord snapped on May 5, 2012. [Full Photo Gallery]

Amazing Photos of 2 Saturn Moons Snapped by Cassini Probe

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took some spectacular photos of the Saturn moons Dione and Enceladus earlier this week. [Full Story]

Stars Swarm Like Celestial Bees in Stunning New Photo

ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

A new image of Messier 55 from ESO's VISTA infrared survey telescope shows tens of thousands of stars crowded together like a swarm of bees. The stars are some of the oldest in the universe. [Full Story]

Dark Shadows

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Cassini spacecraft swung by Saturn’s moon Janus on March 27, 2012. Deep shadows darken some of the moon’s large craters. The spacecraft got this shot at a distance of approximately 28,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) from Janus. Intriguingly, another moon of Saturn, Epimetheus, orbits close to Janus, and the two moons periodically change orbits, so that one becomes closer to Saturn, while the other floats further away. [More Images]

Breathtaking View of Earth Taken by Russian Satellite

NTsOMZ

Think of it as an amped up version of the iconic "Blue Marble" image. A new photo of Earth from space highlights the striking beauty and intensely rich colors of our home planet. [Full Story]

Star Trails Seen from the ISS in Swirls

Don Pettit

Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit took photos of star trails, terrestrial lights, airglow and auroras while aboard the International Space Station. Image taken May 17, 2012. [Get More Images]

SpaceX Makes History: Dragon's Space Station Arrival in Pictures

NASA TV

The Dragon capsule is attached to the International Space Station on May 25, 2012. [Full Photo Gallery]

Photos: Annular Solar Eclipse of May 20, 2012

Charles Medendorp

Skywatcher Charles Medendorp took this photo of the annular eclipse at the Very Large Array outside Socorro, New Mexico, on May 20, 2012. [Full Photo Gallery]

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