The Year’s Most Beautiful Photos From Space

Cosmic photography is always breathtaking, so a full year's worth of images provides plenty of choices. Here are some of 2013's highlights.

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Cosmic photography is always breathtaking, so a full year’s worth of images provides plenty of choices. Here are some of 2013’s highlights.

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Pegasus
Pegasus

“The cosmos is also within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” - Carl Sagan

MJDarling
MJDarling

Diffuse dust and gas does not gravitationally collapse to form stars.  You just write this like it's true.  If you want to know what stars are, and how they're formed, visit www.thunderbolts.info.  They have videos and articles for people at all educational levels.  The Earth is not flat and gravity does not make stars.  The electric force is 10 raised to the 39th power--that's 39 zeros--stronger than gravity.  Please, science writers, step out of your pre-Faraday fog!!  Stop taking the dunces' word for it.

ballmingling
ballmingling

 I agree with you. This is one of the most appealing images we ever saw here. This is one of the most beautiful and amazing images published from space. Now, we may say that the great images on earth are found in the sky.  A very nice photo shot this 2013! Credits must be given to NASA's Cassini spacecraft for this highlights.


Read more: The Year’s Most Beautiful Photos From Space | TIME.com http://science.time.com/2013/12/10/the-years-most-beautiful-photos-from-space/#ixzz2qzjdFRkl

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

As it happened my parents had decided to spend that Christmas in South Florida. So my father and I peeled off from the rest, rented a car in Orlando and drove as close to Canaveral as we could get, We parked in the lot of a Holiday Inn, spent the night in the car and awake the next morning with plenty of time to bear witness to the launch. I was in sixth grade.


Needless to say, by the time the astronauts were reading Genesis on TeeVee I felt quite connected to the whole process.


World changing? Absolutely.


btt1943
btt1943

Hubble space telescope is doing a real wonderful job. Without peering into the almost infinite vastness of universe, we would never know how insignificantly small our earth is, let alone the minutely short span of human species on earth. Please treasure mother earth and protect it at all costs.   (boontee)

blundell_apps
blundell_apps

Where are the links to the original full size images?

lucidzfl
lucidzfl

Is picture 2 from a wildlife reserve? AKA, not space?  As in, what was in the title?

AlexAlonso
AlexAlonso

Amazing how we so vividly see Saturn in our Night Sky, but then, to Saturn, we are nothing but a Spec. The Universe is a Big Place Indeed.