30 Best Space Pictures of the Week – April 18th to April 25th, 2012
1. Interacting Galaxies Arp 273
2. Aurora above the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland last night
3. Layered Sediments in Danielson Crater. Mars.
4. My toes froze, and the aurora never got very bright, but here’s another from Murphy Dome
5. The Iris Nebula
6. The Flight Deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour
7. The Cat’s Eye Nebula
8. Interacting Spiral Galaxies!
9. Perseid meteor. Highgate, England
10. Auxiliary Telescopes in the Atacama Desert
11. USS Starship Enterprise and Crew During Visit to Earth, 1976
12. 30 Dor, a star factory in the Large Magellenic Cloud full of high-energy glowing gas
13. As the aurora dies out
14. Waterfall, Moonbow, and Aurora in Iceland
15. Stunning Pic of Discovery atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at IAD after a storm by NASA’s Bill Ingalls
16. Aurora in Norway
17. NASA photographer Robert Markowitz, flying aboard a NASA T-38 Talon jet, snapped this spectacular aerial photo of NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery — mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) — soaring over Washington D.C., United States of America, on 17 April 2012.
18. The 1st Galileo Full Operational Capability flight model payload with its solar panels in their ‘boxed’ position, being lifted by crane into its shipping container
19. Galaxy M66 as it appears at the sub-mm wavelength of 850 microns, while the white background shows the galaxy as it appears in visible light
20. Rings, Titan and Enceladus
21. The Antennae – Galaxies Colliding
22. The subtle yet surprisingly varied colors of Mercury are revealed in the latest images from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, now in its extended mission and second year in orbit
23. Discovery Departs
24. Amateur photographer captures sunspots this morning, showing 4 of them with C-class solar flares
25. Sand dunes on Mars appear to flow and drip like liquid
26. Appalachian mountain stars through an old barn.
27. Cosmic Ice Sculptures: Dust Pillars in the Carina Nebula
28. Melbourne, Australia, seen from the ISS at night via ESA
29. Europe and its nightlights, seen from the ISS via ESA
30. M57: The Ring Nebula