30 Best Space Pictures of the Week – July 11th to July 18th, 2012

1. The scale of Phobos. One of Mars moons. – Hovering over the town of Grenoble in the Alpes. Phobos’ dimensions are 26,8×18,4 km. If you carefully look at the center of the picture, you’ll see 2 helicopters, still quite far from the “big rock”.

2. First photograph of the Sun, 1845

3. This image, captured by Expedition 31 astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), shows an enigmatic atmospheric phenomenon known as a red sprite hovering just above a bright flash of lightning in a thunderstorm over Myanmar. 

4. The first aurora shot I ever took with a DSLR from 2010

5. A crescent Moon floating far beyond the horizon

6. Aurora borealis reflected in a small pond near aspen colorado 24 shot 170 megapixel image

7. Simeis 147 supernova remnant

8. Telstar being assembled

9. Orion Nebula: The Hubble View — the sharpest image ever

10. Hot Jupiter Extrasolar – STFC

11. M101, a Spiral Nebula

12. Billions and billions of stars at the center of our galaxy.

13. A Morning Line of Stars and Planets: The Pleiades open star cluster, Jupiter, Venus, and the “Follower” star Aldebaran

14. Rosette Nebula

15. Majestic earth, the way it should be viewed.

16. IGR J11014-6103: The fastest moving pulsar

17. Hubble photographs Pluto’s 5th moon “P5”; it is estimated to be 15 km in diameter and is likely composed mostly of water-ice

18. M5 star formation

19. Aurora borealis and the Milky Way at sunset

20. Northern Lights in La Valle, WI.

21. Islands in the Sun: A close-up of sunspots in region AR1520 from July 11, which generated an X-class flare on July 12 that is headed our way

22. Comet Hale-Bopp over Indian Cove, April 1997

23. Aurora Australis, Antarctica

24. Almost Full Moon – July 1, 2012 – Hayward, Wisconsin

25. Neil Armstrong on the Moon

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