SpaceShots: The best new 84 photos of our universe
The latest and greatest images of our solar system, the galaxy and everything else out there, putting you in touch with the most distant parts of the heavens.


Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God."

The hand might look like an X-ray from the doctor's office, but it is actually a cloud of material ejected from a star that exploded. NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft has imaged the structure in high-energy X-rays for the first time, shown in blue. Click here for more.



Dec. 18, 2013: This still image was taken from a new NASA movie of the sun based on data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, showing the wide range of wavelengths invisible to the naked eye that the telescope can view. SDO converts the wavelengths into an image humans can see, and the light is colorized into a rainbow of colors.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)


December 17, 2013: This festive NASA Hubble Space Telescope image resembles a holiday wreath made of sparkling lights. The bright southern hemisphere star RS Puppis, at the center of the image, is swaddled in a gossamer cocoon of reflective dust illuminated by the glittering star.
(NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-Hubble/Europe Collab.)


December 12, 2013: The new Hubble image of the Crab was assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and is the highest resolution image of the entire Crab Nebula ever made.

(ESA/Herschel/PACS/MESS Key Programme Supernova Remnant Team; NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University))


December 3, 2013: NASA scientists found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets orbiting three different stars. All five planets appear to be hazy. This illustration shows a star's light illuminating the atmosphere of a planet.
(NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)


December 12, 2013: This is an artist's concept of a plume of water vapor thought to be ejected off the frigid, icy surface of the Jovian moon Europa, located about 500 million miles from the sun. Spectroscopic measurements from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope led scientists to calculate that the plume rises to an altitude of 125 miles and then it probably rains frost back onto the moon's surface. Previous findings already pointed to a subsurface ocean under Europa's icy crust.

(NASA/ESA/K. Retherford/SWRI)


November 27, 2012: The Large Magellanic Cloud is one of the closest galaxies to our own. Astronomers have now used the power of the ESOs Very Large Telescope to explore NGC 2035, one of its lesser known regions, in great detail.

This new image shows clouds of gas and dust where hot new stars are being born and are sculpting their surroundings into odd shapes. But the image also shows the effects of stellar death  filaments created by a supernova explosion (left).



November 13, 2013: The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory in Chile has captured the best image so far of the star cluster NGC 3572, a gathering of young stars, and its spectacular surroundings.

This new image shows how the clouds of gas and dust around the cluster have been sculpted into whimsical bubbles, arcs and the odd features known as elephant trunks by the stellar winds flowing from the bright stars.



August 29, 2013: The Hubble Space Telescope captured what scientists are calling a nearly 6 trillion miles long "cosmic caterpillar" traveling through deep space.

The celestial caterpillar is actually a cloud of gas stretching out one light-year across collapsing under its own gravity to give birth to a star, according to scientists. Read more on

(NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and IPHAS)


August 20, 2013: The ALMA telescope in Chile captured a close-up view of the glowing material spinning from a newborn star. 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Vela, the glowing mass is called a Herbig-Haro object, named after US and Mexican astronomers. 

(ESO/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/H. Arce/Bo Reipurth)


August 10, 2013: Engineers ready the James Webb Space Telescope's Integrated Science Instrument Module, lowered into the chamber for its first thermal vacuum test.

(NASA/Chris Gunn)


August 2, 2013: The recently discovered exoplanet GJ 504b glows a dark magenta and weighs in with about four times Jupiter's mass, making it the lowest-mass planet ever directly imaged around a star like the sun.

(NASA/Goddard/S. Wiessinger)


July 19, 2013: NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught a rare image of Saturn's rings and planet Earth and its moon all in the same frame. This is only the third time ever that Earth has been captured on camera from the outer solar system.



(European Space Agency)


July 16, 2013: Astronaut Chris Cassidy snaps a photo during a session of extravehicular activity on the International Space Station.



July 15, 2013: A heat wave building into the Ohio Valley and Eastern United States can be seen in the photo taken by the GOES East satellite.



July 11, 2013: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory captured the iconic Eskimo Nebula. Resembling a face surrounded by a furry hood, the bright nebula is 4,000 light-years away from Earth.

(N. Ruiz et al, IAA-CSIC/CXC/STScI/NASA)


July 4, 2013: Taken by crew members of one of the Expedition 26 aboard the International Space Station, a large mass of storm clouds was captured over the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil. Also shown is a Russian spacecraft docked to the orbiting outpost.



June 19, 2013: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured think smoke billows across the western United States.

(NASA Earth Observatory)


May 27, 2013: At first glance, the unusual image may look like ripples caused by a throwing a stone into a lake. However, what you are actually looking at is the result of the motion of stars through the southern sky at a mountain peak 3,060 meters above sea level in the central part of the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes.

Photographer Cerro Armazones combined many shorter exposurse to create the image we now see. The long bright stripes are star trails that when captured using Armazones method allows us to see the movement of stars, invisible to the naked eye.

(ESO/S. Brunier)


April 29, 2013: The spinning vortex of Saturn's north polar storm resembles a deep red rose surrounded by green foliage in this false-color image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.



Jan. 23, 2013: This is an image of magnetic loops on the sun, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). It has been processed to highlight the edges of each loop to make the structure more clear. A series of loops such as this is known as a flux rope, and these lie at the heart of eruptions on the sun known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs.) This is the first time scientists were able to discern the timing of a flux rope's formation. (SDO AIA 131 and 171 difference blended image of flux ropes during CME.)
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO)


Feb. 21, 2013: This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop. In planned subsequent steps, the sample will be sieved, and portions of it delivered to the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument and the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument.


Feb. 22, 2013: This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER's primary mission. These colors are not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but rather the colors enhance the chemical, mineralogical, and physical differences between the rocks that make up Mercury's surface.
(NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington)


Feb. 22, 2013: NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbits our planet every 95 minutes, building up increasingly deeper views of the universe with every circuit. Its wide-eyed Large Area Telescope (LAT) sweeps across the entire sky every three hours, capturing the highest-energy form of light -- gamma rays -- from sources across the universe. These range from supermassive black holes billions of light-years away to intriguing objects in our own galaxy, such as X-ray binaries, supernova remnants and pulsars.
(NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration)


Feb. 18, 2013: This image shows an object known as HH 151, a bright jet of glowing material trailed by an intricate, orange-hued plume of gas and dust. It is located some 460 light-years away in the constellation of Taurus (The Bull), near to the young, tumultuous star HL Tau.
(ESA/Hubble & NASA)


Feb. 3, 2013: This rectangular version of a self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars.


Mar. 1, 2013: It may look like something from "The Lord of the Rings," but this fiery swirl is actually a planetary nebula known as ESO 456-67. Set against a backdrop of bright stars, the rust-colored object lies in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), in the southern sky.
(ESA/Hubble and NASA)


Mar. 7, 2013: You can't be older than your parents. But there is a nearby star that at first glance looks like it is older than the universe! Hubble Space Telescope astronomers are coming to grips with this paradox by improving the precision of the observations used to estimate the age of this "Methuselah star."
(Digitized Sky Survey (DSS), STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAOScience Credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Bond (STScI and Pennsylv)


Mar. 5, 2013: In this photo, the image of a spiral galaxy at upper left has been stretched and mirrored into a shape similar to that of a simulated alien from the classic 1970s computer game "Space Invaders!" A second, less distorted image of the same galaxy appears to the left of the large, bright elliptical galaxy.
(NASA and ESA)


Dec. 6, 2012: From the archive: Before loading it with scientific exploration equipment, Commander Eugene Cernan took the Lunar Roving Vehicle on its first Apollo 17 checkout drive. The Boeing Company working with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center designed the rover to be lightweight yet strong enough to carry as much equipment as possible.


Jan. 15, 2013: This view shows the patch of veined, flat-lying rock selected as the first drilling site for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The rover's right Mast Camera (Mastcam), equipped with a telephoto lens, was about 16 feet (5 meters) away from the site when it recorded this mosaic's component images, between 3:10 and 3:33 in the afternoon of the 153rd Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars.


Jan. 28, 2013: In this new view of the Andromeda galaxy from the Herschel space observatory, cool lanes of forming stars are revealed in the finest detail yet. Herschel is a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation.
(ESA/Herschel/PACS & SPIRE Consortium, O. Krause, HSC, H. Linz)


Jan. 24, 2013: The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this series of false-color pictures of sand dunes in the north polar region of Mars. The area covered in each of the five panels is about 0.8 mile (1.3 kilometers) wide.The progression begins at left (Panel A) in early spring, when the ground is covered by a seasonal layer of carbon dioxide ice (dry ice) about 2 feet thick. As spring progresses the ice cracks (Panel B), releasing dark sand from the dune below. When pressurized gas trapped below the ice layer is released, it carries along sand and dust to the top of the ice layer, where it is dropped in fan-shaped deposits downhill and downwind (panels C and D). The final panel shows more and more of the dark dunes as the overlying layer of seasonal ice evaporates back into the atmosphere.
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)


Jan. 7, 2013: This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the patch of rock cleaned by the first use of the rover's Dust Removal Tool (DRT).


Dec. 6, 2012: NGC 922 was formed by the collision between two galaxies one seen in this image and another located outside the field of view. This collision triggered the formation of new stars in the shape of a ring. Some of these were massive stars that evolved and collapsed to form black holes.
(X-ray (NASA/CXC/SAO/A.Prestwich et al); Optical (NASA/STScI))


Jan. 10, 2013: This composite of the giant barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 combines visible light images from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope with far-ultraviolet (1,528 angstroms) data from NASA's GALEX and 3.6-micron infrared data acquired by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. A previously unsuspected tidal dwarf galaxy candidate (circled) appears only in the ultraviolet, indicating the presence of many hot young stars. IC 4970, the small disk galaxy interacting with NGC 6872, is located above the spiral's central region. The spiral is 522,000 light-years across from the tip of one outstretched arm to the tip of the other, which makes it about five times the size of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Images of lower resolution from the Digital Sky Survey were used to fill in marginal areas not covered by the other data.
(NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/ESO/JPL-Caltech/DSS)


Jan. 28, 2013: The percussion drill in the turret of tools at the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has been positioned in contact with the rock surface in this image from the rover's front Hazard-Avoidance Camera (Hazcam).


Dec. 19, 2013: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed a festive-looking nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189. The intricate structure of this bright gaseous nebula resembles a glass-blown holiday ornament with a glowing ribbon entwined.
(NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team, STScI/AURA)


Dec. 18, 2012: The black hole at the center of this galaxy is part of a survey of 18 of the biggest black holes in the universe. This large elliptical galaxy is in the center of the galaxy cluster PKS 0745-19, which is located about 1.3 billion light years from Earth.. X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory are shown in purple and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope are in yellow.
(NASA/CXC/Stanford/Hlavacek-Larrondo, J. et al; Optical: NASA/STScI)


Feb. 2, 2013: This nocturnal photo of London, England was downlinked by the Expedition 34 crew from the International Space Station, flying approximately 240 miles above Earth. Expedition 34 Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield, astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, added this footnote to his downlink: London, on the Thames, from the city to the encircling motorway. Heathrow very visible on the (west). North is at the bottom making west on the right in this image. Its the bright feature with dark parallel lines near the outer looping road.


Dec. 13, 2013: The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from Earth. This composite image includes X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope (red), and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope (yellow). The inset shows the central region, which contains a bright X-ray source that is likely powered by material falling onto a supermassive black hole.
(NASA/CXC/Ohio State Univ./C.Grier et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI, ESO/WFI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech)


Jan. 28, 2013: The Cassini spacecraft simultaneously peers through the haze in Titan's equatorial region down to its surface and captures the vortex of clouds hovering over its south pole just to the right of the terminator on the moon's dark side.
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)


Jan. 7, 2013: This new view of spiral galaxy IC 342, also known as Caldwell 5, includes data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. High-energy X-ray data from NuSTAR have been translated to the color magenta, and superimposed on a visible-light view highlighting the galaxy and its star-studded arms. NuSTAR is the first orbiting telescope to take focused pictures of the cosmos in high-energy X-ray light; previous observations of this same galaxy taken at similar wavelengths blurred the entire object into one pixel.


Oct. 10, 2012: This gallery shows four planetary nebulas from the first systematic survey of such objects in the solar neighborhood made with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The planetary nebulas shown here are NGC 6543, also known as the Cat's Eye, NGC 7662, NGC 7009 and NGC 6826. In each case, X-ray emission from Chandra is colored purple and optical emission from the Hubble Space Telescope is colored red, green and blue.
(NASA/CXC/RIT/J.Kastner et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI Collage: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)


Oct. 23, 2012: This image of North and South America at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The new data was mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.
(NASA Earth Observatory)


Nov. 15, 2012: These images of the planetary nebula Abell 30, (a.k.a. A30), show one of the clearest views ever obtained of a special phase of evolution for these objects.
(Inset X-ray (NASA/CXC/IAA-CSIC/M.Guerrero et al); Inset Optical (NASA/STScI); Widefield X-ray (ESA/XMM-Newton); Widefield Optica)


Nov. 12, 2012: Spectacular jets powered by the gravitational energy of a super massive black hole in the core of the elliptical galaxy Hercules A illustrate the combined imaging power of two of astronomy's cutting-edge tools, the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, and the recently upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in New Mexico.
(NASA, ESA, S. Baum and C. O'Dea (RIT), R. Perley and W. Cotton (NRAO/AUI/NSF), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))


Dec. 5, 2012: The ring galaxy NGC 922 is seen in this composite image containing X-rays from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (red) and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (pink, yellow and blue).
(X-ray (NASA/CXC/SAO/A.Prestwich et al); Optical (NASA/STScI))


Nov. 7, 2012: The star cluster Cygnus OB2 contains more than 60 O-type stars and about a thousand B-type stars. Deep observations with NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory have been used to detect the X-ray emission from the hot outer atmospheres, or coronas, of young stars in the cluster and to probe how these fascinating star factories form and evolve. About 1,700 X-ray sources were detected, including about 1,450 thought to be stars in the cluster. In this image, X-rays from Chandra (blue) have been combined with infrared data from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope (red) and optical data from the Isaac Newton Telescope (orange).
(NASA/CXC/SAO/J.Drake et al, Optical: Univ. of Hertfordshire/INT/IPHAS, Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech)


Dec. 2, 2012: One of the Expedition 34 crew members aboard the International Space Station captured this still image of Super Typhoon Bopha.


Nov. 14, 2012: This nighttime photograph, taken by one of the Expedition 33 crew members aboard the International Space Station, features city lights of Tokyo, on the north west side of Tokyo Bay.


Sept. 9, 2012: This artist's illustration shows an enormous halo of hot gas (in blue) around the Milky Way galaxy. Also shown, to the lower left of the Milky Way, are the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds, two small neighboring galaxies. The halo of gas is shown with a radius of about 300,000 light years, although it may extend significantly further.
(NASA/CXC/M.Weiss; NASA/CXC/Ohio State/A Gupta et al.)


Nov. 15, 2012: In this image, astronomers use the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and a cosmic zoom lens to uncover the farthest known galaxy in the Universe. The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, is very young and only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way.


Sept. 14, 2012: Astronomers have discovered two gas giant planets orbiting stars in the Beehive cluster, a collection of about 1,000 tightly packed stars. The planets are the first ever found around sun-like stars in a cluster of stars. 



Sept. 14, 2012: NASA's long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers. Spherical objects concentrated at an outcrop Opportunity reached last week differ in several ways from iron-rich spherules nicknamed "blueberries" the rover found at its landing site in early 2004 and at many other locations to date.

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./ USGS/Modesto Junior College)


Aug. 31, 2012: A long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second.


Aug. 6, 2012: This Picasso-like self portrait of NASA's Curiosity rover was taken by its Navigation cameras, located on the now-upright mast. The camera snapped pictures 360-degrees around the rover, while pointing down at the rover deck, up and straight ahead.


Farewell, Neil Armstrong (1930 - 2012): View of the Lunar Module at Tranquility Base. The image was captured by Astronaut Armstrong during the Apollo 11 Mission.


Aug. 10, 2012: Turning its eye to the Tarantula Nebula, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken this close-up of the outskirts of the main cloud of the Nebula.
(ESA/Judy Schmidt)


Aug. 31, 2012: An aurora over Whitehorse, Yukon.
(David Cartier, Sr./NASA)


Aug. 23, 2012: This image is from a test series used to characterize the 100-millimeter Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity rover.


August 24, 2012: The first of a series of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) over three days (Aug. 20-22), this bulbous CME certainly resembles a light bulb. It has the thin outer edge and a bright, glowing core at its center.


Aug. 16, 2012: Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have caught two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging. The 30 Doradus Nebula is 170,000 light-years from Earth. What at first was thought to be only one cluster in the core of the massive star-forming region 30 Doradus has been found to be a composite of two clusters that differ in age by about one million years.
(NASA, ESA, and E. Sabbi (ESA/STScI))


Jul. 26, 2012: Billions of people will see London through many different filters and lenses during the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. None of those views will look quite like this one from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite.
(NASA Earth Observatory)


Sept. 7, 2012: Curiosity rover used a camera located on its arm to obtain this self portrait.
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems)


July 16, 1969: Neil Armstrong waves as he heads to the launch pad for the Apollo 11 mission with fellow crew members Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.


June 27, 2012: This true color image captured by NASA'S Cassini spacecraft before a distant flyby of Saturn's moon Titan shows a south polar vortex, or a swirling mass of gas around the pole in the atmosphere of the moon.
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)


June 13, 2012: he formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. However, new ground-based observations, combined with data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope, show small planets form around stars with a wide range of heavy element content and suggest they may be widespread in our galaxy.
(University of Copenhagen/Lars Buchhave)


July 5, 2012: From fresh rover tracks to an impact crater blasted billions of years ago, a newly completed view from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the ruddy terrain around the outcrop where the long-lived explorer spent its most recent Martian winter.
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.)


June 26, 2012: Seeing is believing, except when you don't believe what you see. Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found a puzzling arc of light behind an extremely massive cluster of galaxies residing 10 billion light-years away. The galactic grouping, discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, was observed as it existed when the universe was roughly a quarter of its current age of 13.7 billion years.
(NASA/ESA/University of Florida, Gainsville/University of Missouri-Kansas City/UC Davis)


July 2, 2012: Camelopardalis, or U Cam for short, is a star nearing the end of its life. As it begins to run low on fuel, it is becoming unstable. Every few thousand years, it coughs out a nearly spherical shell of gas as a layer of helium around its core begins to fuse. The gas ejected in the stars latest eruption is clearly visible in this picture as a faint bubble of gas surrounding the star.


July 2, 2012: A new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows the candle-like Flame nebula lighting up a cavern of dust. The Flame nebula is part of the Orion complex, a turbulent star-forming area located near the constellation's star-studded belt.


June 21, 2012: Astronomers have discovered a pair of neighboring planets with dissimilar densities orbiting very close to each other. The planets are too close to their star to be in the so-called "habitable zone," the region in a star system where liquid water might exist on the surface, but they have the closest orbits between two planets ever confirmed. The findings appear today in the journal Science.
(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)


June 13, 2012: NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spied long-standing methane lakes, or puddles, in the "tropics" of Saturn's moon Titan. One of the tropical lakes appears to be about half the size of Utah's Great Salt Lake, with a depth of at least 3 feet (1 meter).
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)


The Horsehead Nebula, first discovered in 1888, is just one example of the many wonders in our universe.

(NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA))


June 14, 2012: An advanced telescope imaging system that started taking data in June 2012 is the first of its kind capable of spotting planets orbiting suns outside of our solar system. The collaborative set of high-tech instrumentation and software, called Project 1640, is now operating on the Hale telescope at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, after more than six years of development.
(Project 1640)


June 18, 2012: Earth's magnetic field connects the North Pole (orange lines) with the South Pole (blue lines) in this NASA-created image, a still capture from a 4-minute excerpt of "Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine," a fulldome, high-resolution movie playing at planetariums around the world.


June 15, 2012: A coronal mass ejection (CME) reaches Earth as solar particles are deflected away by the planet's magnetic field in this NASA-created image, a still capture from a 4-minute excerpt of "Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine," a fulldome, high-resolution movie playing at planetariums around the world.


June 19, 2012: A coronal mass ejection approaches Venus in this NASA-created image, a still capture from a 4-minute excerpt of "Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine," a fulldome, high-resolution movie playing at planetariums around the world.


June 15, 2012: Led by Earth's endless quest to equalize the dispersion of heat, winds whip around the world in this NASA-created image, a still capture from a 4-minute excerpt of "Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine," a fulldome, high-resolution movie playing at planetariums around the world.
(NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)


June 22, 2012: Like many of the most famous objects in the sky, globular cluster Messier 10 was of little interest to its discoverer. Charles Messier, the 18th century French astronomer, cataloged over 100 galaxies and clusters, but was primarily interested in comets. Through the telescopes available at the time, comets, nebulae, globular clusters and galaxies appeared just as faint, diffuse blobs and could easily be confused for one another.
(ESA/Hubble & NASA)


July 11, 2012: A team of astronomers using NASAs Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto.


May 27, 2012: With rays of sunshine and the thin blue atmosphere of Earth serving as a backdrop, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is berthed to the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Harmony node. Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers grappled Dragon at 9:56 a.m. (EDT) with the Canadarm2 robotic arm and used it to berth Dragon to the at 12:02 p.m. May 25, 2012. Dragon became the first commercially developed space vehicle to be launched to the station to join Russian, European and Japanese resupply craft that service the complex while restoring a U.S. capability to deliver cargo to the orbital laboratory.



May 25, 2012: This image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, or also known as M101, combines data in the infrared, visible, ultraviolet and X-rays from four of NASA's space-based telescopes.

(NASA/CXC/SAO; IR & UV: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Optical: NASA/STScI)

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