25 Best Space Pictures of the Week – Dec 27th, 2012 to Jan 2nd, 2013

1.Ion Thruster Sets World Record: It has a fuel efficiency that is 10-12 times greater than a chemical thruster and has been operated for over 43,000 hours. This will allow it to perform extended tours of multi-asteroids, comets, and outer planets and their moons

  2.Up & away….   3.The view from the ISS of our planet and the aurora   4.Hubble view of the Needle Galaxy   5.The Nile glows bright at night in this sparkling image from the Suomi satellite   6.Galaxy NGC-5866 seen through the Hubble telescope   7.Bozeman Montana Startrails   8.Spitzer Space Telescope view of the star Zeta Ophiuchus   9.NGC 3521: The Bubble Galaxy   10.Spiral Galaxy NGC 3627: New X-ray observations suggest its center contains a supermassive black hole   11.NGC 6188 and NGC 6164: 6188 is forming massive, young stars. One of these O-type stars formed 6164 (lower right), which is a rare emission nebula with a striking, symmetric gaseous shroud and faint halo surround its bright central star   12.Saturn’s Rings from the Dark Side: At the top left of the frame is Saturn’s moon Tethys   13.Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097: The bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of the galaxy is created by a supermassive black hole 100 million times the mass of our sun   14.Messier 78: a reflection nebula in Orion   15.Merging Spiral Galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163   16.Shades of red in the Lambda Centauri Nebula, IC 2944   17.Make-make: one of the largest objects known in the outer Solar System   18.Moon Rings Over Atlanta   19.Tracks on the moon   20.Christmas Moon and Jupiter Conjunction   21.Milky Way east of Ellijay Ga.   22.Supernova 1987A   23.Auroras light up the Antarctic night   24.Zeta Oph: Runaway Star   25.The USNO-Flagstaff night sky

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