100 Best Space Photos of 2012: Gallery

Living Out in L.A., Such a Beautiful Day

California Science Center (via Twitter as @casciencecenter)

The California Science Center tweeted this picture of retired shuttle Endeavour rolling east through the streets of Los Angeles early on the morning of October 14, 2012. They wrote: “Thru Arlington, into the sunrise http://ow.ly/i/11pGt“. [Full Photo Gallery]

Amazing New Space Photo Shows Sandy Rolling Inland


A stunning new image from space shows superstorm Sandy, now a post-tropical cyclone, still churning over the eastern United States on Tuesday (Oct. 30). [Full Story]

Rare Double Green Flash Captured in Sunset Photos

Josh Knutson / daemongpf.blogspot.gr

Photographer Josh Knutson saw a rare double green flash during sunset off the California coast. [Full Story]

Amazing Photo Shows Saturn Dwarfing Tiny Moon

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

A jaw-dropping picture of the planet Saturn was recently released by NASA's Cassini probe orbiting the ringed giant. [Full Story]

Split-Personality Galaxy Is Part Spiral, Part Elliptical


An oddball eliptical galaxy is hiding an inner spiral, scientists find. [Full Story]

Hot Air Balloon Cairns

A total solar eclipse was visible from the northern tip of Australia on Nov. 13, 2012. [Full Photo Gallery]

The Color Purple

Herschel: Q. Nguyen Luong & F. Motte, HOBYS Key Program consortium, Herschel SPIRE/PACS/ESA consortia. XMM-Newton: ESA/XMM-Newton

Supernova remnant W44 glows in space, seen here as the vast purple sphere on the left side of this image. W44 measures about 100 light-years across. This new image combines data from ESA's Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories. [See more images.]

Giant Sun Eruption Captured in NASA Video


The sun unleashed a monster eruption of super-hot plasma Friday (Nov. 16) in back-to-back solar storms captured on camera by a NASA spacecraft. [Full Story]

Mercury Photos Reveal Strange 'Pie Crust' Surface

NASA/The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/Smithsonian Institution

New photos of the baked planet Mercury, the closest world to our sun, have revealed odd formations that look uncannily like cosmic pies, evidence of potential "ghost" craters hidden underground, scientists say. [Full Story]

Lunar Eclipse Photos Show Earth's Shadow on Moon

David Matthews

The moon dipped through only part of Earth's shadow Wednesday (Nov. 28) in a penumbral lunar eclipse. See stargazers' photos of the minor lunar eclipse. [Full Story]

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