24 Best Space Pictures of the Week – Jan 17th to Jan 23rd, 2013

1.Curiosity Rover and its tracks can be seen from Mars Orbit

2.Rhea in front of Saturn

3.Rhea in front of Saturn

4.Moonrise over Stuart Island

5.NGC 1309: Spiral Galaxy and Friends — after you get over this beautiful galaxy’s grand design, check out the array of more distant background galaxies

6.Smoke-Black Space Cloud ‘Lupus 3’ Hides Baby Stars: Our solar system may have come from just such a cloud.

7.My humble attempt at capturing M42 (Orion Nebula). Scope + Handheld point-and-shoot

8.Flowering Moon – A full Moon in the month of May

9.Orion’s Belt

10.The hidden fires of the Flame Nebula

11.Supermassive Star Eta Carinae

12.The Heart Nebula

13.Double Arch Startrails, Arches National, Park Utah.

14.The Nile River from space

15.Stickney Crater on Phobos is nearly half the diameter (9 km) of the moon itself. Gravity on Phobos is 1/1000th of Earth’s, meaning your 24 inch vertical jump on Earth would be 2,000 feet on Phobos.

16.Cool overhead view of the shuttle Endeavour

17.NGC-281. Also known as the “Pacman Nebula”

18.Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographs Curiosity and its tracks on Mars

19.Orion Nebula

20.Here’s a picture of the moon I took in my high school astronomy class

21.Located on the border of Triangulum Australe (The Southern Triangle) and Norma (The Carpenter’s Square), this field covers part of the Norma Cluster (Abell 3627) as well as a dense area of our own galaxy, the Milky Way

22.oahu hawaii under the winter stars

23.Eugene A. Cernan – Dec. 11, 1972 – EVH Lunar Landing – Rover

24.NGC 1309

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