30 Best Space Pictures of the Week – July 18th to July 25th, 2012

1. Wow: The Moon, Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa taken on July 15

2. This image helps show the real distance between the Earth and the moon

3. If Mars were terraformed (artist’s conception)

4. The Pillars of Creation — The giant pillars are light years in length and are so dense that interior gas contracts gravitationally to form stars. At each pillars’ end, the intense radiation of bright young stars causes low density material to boil away, leaving stellar nurseries exposed

5. First photograph of a nebula, by Henry Drape, 1880

6. Sombrero Galaxy in Infrared

7. Opaque Nebula

8. Tycho’s Supernova Remnant

9. NASA’s newly launched High Resolution Coronal Imager (July 11) has returned its first images, and they are the sharpest images of Sun’s corona ever taken. The resolution per pixel is roughly 135 miles (compared with 675 miles from the old AIA instrument on the SDO satellite)

10. The eastern Great Lakes in sunlight, as seen from the ISS

11. Saturn in front of the sun, the little bright dot next to the rings on the upper left is earth, taken by cassini

12. Aurora Australis over Concordia station

13. Eagle Nebula taken on June 26th 2012 from rural Baltimore County Maryland.

14. Orion Molecular Cloud Complex

15. A hole in Mars: It is thought to be an opening to an underground cavern, and it is 35m across and 20m deep

16. Quadruple Saturn moon transit captured by the Hubble Space Telescope on February 24, 2009

17. Galaxy M109 taken by a new telescope in Arizona called The Discovery Channel Telescope

18. Inside a Black Hole in the midst of spiral galaxy M83.

19. Central Region of the Milky Way in IR, Visible and X-Ray

20. The Lagoon Nebula (M8)

21. This image shows the different elements in space as different colors.

22. The Pleiades star cluster, the Moon, Jupiter, and Venus aligned on the left, with the Orion constellation and red supergiant Betelgeuse below it on the right; Aldebaran is also seen nearly directly above Venus

23.  The Vela C region, part of the Vela complex

24. Light Echo from V838 Monocerotis taken between May and December 2002

25. IC 410 and NGC 1893

26. Manicouagan impact crater, Canada, as photographed by STS-9.

27. Giordano Bruno crater

28. High quality image of the moon , put together with 1300 single pictures made by LROC, download-links to and original

29. The Sadr Region

30. Two Shuttles in Prep on the Launch Pad, Atlantis and Endeavour

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