Best Space Photos of the Week - Feb. 17, 2013

Meteor Streaks Over Russia, Explodes (Photos)

Russian Emergency Ministry

What appears to be a meteor trail over eastern Russia is seen in this image released Feb. 15, 2013, by the Russian Emergency Ministry. The meteor fall included a massive blast, according to Russian reports. [Full Photo Gallery]

Asteroid 2012 DA14's Record-Setting Flyby (Images)


Asteroid 2012 DA14, appearing as the white dot in the middle of the picture, was seen by the FRAM Telescope in Argentina, part of the GLObal Robotic-telescopes Intelligent Array (GLORIA) project, in advance of its close approach to Earth. It was obtained at 7:53 p.m. EST, or 4:53 p.m. PST, on Feb. 14, 2013. [Full Photo Gallery]

Stunning Star Trails Over Jordan Captured by Skywatcher

Bashar Alaeddin

Stars appear to fall like rain over Jordan in this night sky photo. [Full Story]

'Gecko' Space Cloud Floats Among Millions of Stars (Video)

ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin

A new photo taken by the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the Milky Way’s most star-rich area in unprecedented detail. Two notable features of the photo are the bright star cluster on the left, and the gecko-shaped cosmic cloud on the right. [Full Story]

Photos: New Space Toys at Toy Fair 2013

Clara Moskowitz/

See photos of the hottest new space and science toys at Toy Fair 2013. [Full Photo Gallery]

100-Year Cosmic Ray Mystery Solved with Supernovas (Photos)

NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration, NRAO/AUI, JPL-Caltech, ROSAT

The origin of cosmic rays has been a 100-year astronomy mystery. See images of how scientists found evidence that supernova shockwaves were to blame. [Full Photo Gallery]

Stargazer Captures Amazing Photo of Comet Lemmon

John Drummond

The dazzling Comet Lemmon has recently been taking center stage for those gazing up at the night sky south of the equator. [Full Story]

Huge Russian Meteor Blast is Biggest Since 1908 (Infographic)

Karl Tate, contributor

A rock from space about 55 feet across (17 meters) entered Earth's atmosphere early on the morning of Feb. 15, 2013. [Full Story]

Valentine's Day in Space: Cosmic Love Photos


The odd planetary nebula, Sh2-174 is shaped like a rose floating in space. [Full Photo Gallery]

Liftoff! Launch Photos For Nasa's Advanced Landsat 8 Mission

Pat Corkery/United Launch Alliance

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) payload on Feb. 11. 2013, from Space Launch Complex-3, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. [Full Photo Gallery]

Progress 50 Supply Ship Launches to the Space Station (Photos)


The unmanned Progress 50 supply ship blasts off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on Feb. 11, 2013. [Full Photo Gallery]

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