Magical Pictures Of Earth And Space From 2012

NASA's Best Photos

It’s time for another countdown.

NASA’s compiled 25 indelible images from 2012 in a Flickr gallery

Enjoy! 

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title=”An extremely long solar filament shoots out from the sun on Aug. 31, 2012. The coronal mass ejection traveled at over 900 miles per second. The image also shows an image of Earth in the lower-left hand corner that shows the size of the CME compared to the size of our planet. MASSIVE!”
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title=”A few days later the coronal mass ejection created a beautiful aurora over Canada.”
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title=”The extremely rare event when Venus passes directly between the Earth and the Sun, known as the transit of Venus, was captured by NASA on June 5-6. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.”
content=”Beautiful Time-Lapse Video Of Venus Crossing The Sun >
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title=”A “Blue Marble” image released in January was touted by NASA as the “most amazing high-definition image of Earth.” Blue Marble 2012, a composite image of several swaths of Earth, was an update to the original Blue Marble image from 1972. According to Flickr, the western hemisphere Blue Marble 2012 picked up 3.1 million views between Jan. 25 and Feb. 2, making it one of the all time most viewed images on the site after only one week.”
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title=”NASA launched five rockets within five minutes of each other as part of a study of the upper level jet stream. The rockets released a chemical tracer that created milky, white clouds at the edge of space. Tracking the way the clouds move helps scientists understand the movement of the winds some 65 miles up in the sky.”
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title=”A time-lapse video of the world’s ocean surface currents, called Perpetual Animation, looks like a moving oil painting.”
content=”Video Of The World’s Ocean Currents Looks Like A Painting >
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title=”A closeup view of Tropical Cyclone Funso take on Jan. 24, 2012.”
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title=”A dinosaur tracker found the back footprint of a large, spiky dinosaur called a Nodosaur at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight centre in Maryland.”
content=”A Large Dinosaur Footprint Was Found On NASA’s Campus >
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title=”The central peaks of a crater on Mercury developed in a way that looks like the iconic “smiley face” emoticon.”
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title=”On June 3, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft captured this image of three craters on Mercury’s surface that resemble Disney’s Mickey Mouse.”
content=”Evidence Of Mickey Mouse Found On Mercury >
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title=”A few months later, NASA spotted another crater that looked like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.”
content=”NASA Just Found A Crater On Mercury That Looks Like Cookie Monster >
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title=”The Polar Mesospheric Clouds, also known as “night-shining” clouds, form at high-altitudes in late spring and early summer, when there’s enough water vapor to freeze into ice crystals. The clouds are lit up by the sun even after it has set, giving them their signature night-time glow. This picture was taken from the International Space Station as it passed over the Tibetan Plateau on June 13.”
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title=”This computer-simulated image shows a supermassive black hole ripping apart a star that got too close. Some of the star’s helium-rich gas is hurled out into space at high speeds.”
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title=”The clearest nighttime view of Earth yet was compiled from hundreds of images taken between April and October 2012. These were made possible by a new satellite, operated jointly by NASA and NOAA, that can detect faint light down to things like highway lamps and fishing boats.”
content=”NASA Unveils The Clearest View of Earth At Night Ever >
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title=”A satellite image taken on Oct. 30, 2012, captured the turbid waters created by Hurricane Sandy along coastal Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as the storm moved north along the U.S. East Coast.”
content=”Time-Lapse Video Of Hurricane Sandy Is 35 Seconds Of Terror >
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title=”Early on Aug. 28, 2012, NASA’s satellite captured this nighttime view of Tropical Storm Isaac and the cities near the Gulf Coast of the United States.”
content=”Satellite Views Of Tropical Storm Isaac As It Barrels Toward Gulf Coast >
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title=”An unusually strong storm formed off the coast of Alaska on Aug. 5 and tracked into the centre of the Arctic Ocean, where it slowly dissipated over the next several days.”
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title=”Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a modified Boeing 747, flies near the U.S. Capitol on April 17. Discovery is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.”
content=”Awesome Pictures Of Space Shuttle Discovery Flying Over Washington D.C. >
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title=”Testing on the James Webb Telescope begins as one instrument (wrapped in a silver blanket on a platform) is lowered down into a vacuum chamber by a crane. They are testing to see if the components can withstand the cold temperatures of space.”
content=”Why A Space Telescope Needs A Thin Layer Of Gold >
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title=”The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted the Curiosity rover landing on the surface of Mars in August. Curiosity and its parachute are in the centre of the white box.”
content=”NASA Caught Curiosity In The Act Of Landing In This Image >
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title=”The Curiosity rover team celebrates a seamless landing on the Martian surface.”
content=”How A Team Of Scientists Dropped A One-Ton Science Lab On Mars Completely Unscathed >
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title=”Don’t miss the biggest discoveries of 2012.”
content=”The Biggest Science Breakthroughs Of The Year >
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