20 Best Space Pictures of the Week – Aug 16th to Aug 22th, 2012


1. Florida from Space (in case you were wondering)

2. Chandra catching Two Galaxies Colliding – Antennae

3. T Tauri and Hind’s Variable Nebula

4. Star trails and a low-flying airplane over Peden Stadium – Athens, Ohio

5. Spiral Galaxy NGC 5033: Striking dust lanes, majestic but relatively faint spiral arms spanning over 100,000 light-years, pink star forming regions, massive blue star clusters…and all likely powered by a supermassive black hole

6. Meteor Shower over Denver, Colorado

7. the Great Red Spot

8. A digital re-coloration (white balanced) of what colors we would see on Mars, taken by Curiosity. Gale Crater’s wall is in the background.

9. Cassiopeia and Andromeda

10. Orion Nebula – Taken by my friend when he worked in an observatory

11. Horsehead and Orion nebulae

12. The coolest natural place in the universe. (Boomerang Nebula)

13. The Butterfly Nebula from Upgraded Hubble

14. NGC 6888: The Crescent Nebula — It is a cosmic bubble about 25 light-years across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star. The star is shedding its outer envelope in a strong stellar wind, ejecting the equivalent of the Sun’s mass every 10,000 years.

15. Pleiades

16. Saturday Night’s Meteor Shower: A composite image of 100 pictures taken over the course of 50 minutes in Northern Indiana.

17. The Sunflower Galaxy

18. Perseid Meteor Shower from Yosemite National Park 

19. Snowy Range Perseids Meteor Shower

20. The Hubble Space Telescope has caught two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging. What at first was thought to be only one cluster has been found to be a composite of two clusters that differ in age by about one million years.

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