30 Best Space Pictures of the Week – June 13th to June 20th, 2012

1. Jupiter’s rings revealed as it eclipses the sun, as viewed from Galileo when it orbited from 1995 to 2003

2. The sun with Venus in transit, from Mount Wilson Observatory 

3. Saturn and its moon Epimetheus

4. Eos Chasma, Mars

5. Blue Marble 2012: Arctic Edition

6. Deep space, deep in the forest

7. Apollo 12 capsule ablated heat shield

8. Rho Oph

9. Bright Material along the Floor of a Trough in Noctis Labyrinthus. Mars.

10. View of Milky Way and Earth from space

11. The Very Large Array at Dawn – 45 mi E of Datil, NM, December 28, 2001 

12. ISS Transit of the Sun

13. The exhaust plume from space shuttle Atlantis is seen through the window of a Shuttle Training Aircraft as it launches from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on the STS-135 mission, July 8 2011

14. Stellar spire in the Eagle Nebula

15. A Chance Alignment Between Galaxies (NGC 3314): The two galaxies look as if they are colliding, but they are actually separated by tens of millions of light-years

16. Starry Nightsky and Milky Way Galaxy as seen from Grand Teton National Park; taken by Royce Blair

17. Friday night I went to Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton and got to see Saturn’s rings with my own eyes!

18. Boomerang Nebula. Coldest known place in the Universe at −272.15 °C or −457.87 °F.

19. Orion Nebula, Horshead Nebula, M 78, and Orion’s Belt, most of which are contained within Barnard’s Loop

20. Horse Head Nebula (IC 434) and M42 

21. Ed White steps out of the Gemini Capsule, becoming the first American to complete a spacewalk

23. Jupiter and its patterned bands.

24. Space Shuttle Discovery: A Closer View

25. M13: The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules — upward of 100 stars could be contained in a cube just 3 light-years on a side (the nearest star to our Sun is 4 light-years away)

26. M65 and M66: They are each about the size of our own spiral Milky Way and have warps and tidal tails that offer evidence of the group’s past close encounters

27. Venus Transit with a high res webcam

28. LH 95

29. Middle East at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 06/04/12)

30. Mickey Mouse on Mercury

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