Top space photo for January 2012

We suggest you take a look at the best pictures taken by satellites of the European Space Agency and NASA in January.

Top space photo for January 2012

GoldenEye. Helix Nebula glows reminding fantastic space eye on this infrared image from the VISTA telescope using the European Southern Observatory, and obnarodovannom19 of January. Helix is ​​a planetary nebula - expanding cloud of gas and dust ejected dying star at a distance of 700 light-years away.

Top space photo for January 2012

Photo Swiss 1, 2-meter Leonhard Euler Telescope, which is located under the dome at the European Southern Observatory at La Silla in Chile. The photo was taken using a 75-second exposure, while the telescope dome slit made half turn at full speed. Dim light illuminates the telescope itself, making its image is blurred ghost. As a result, a photograph taken in 2009, has become an icon of the Week by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), released December 26.

Top space photo for January 2012

Castaway liner - view from space. Luxury cruise liner "Costa Concordia", which crashed at the Italian coast, captured on satellite images, made on 17 January. Photo was courtesy of DigitalGlobe. The ship ran aground shortly after leaving for a Mediterranean cruise on 13 January. More than 30 people who were on board the ship, the number of dead or missing.

Top space photo for January 2012

Northern Lights over Alaska sky over the frozen river near Talkeetna Susitna, Alaska, illuminated by the northern lights January 23, 2012. The land on which was the opportunity to see the northern lights, has grown significantly due to the intense solar storm that occurred a few days earlier.

Top space photo for January 2012

Postvspyshechnye loop in the sun. Cascading spiral loops appear above the active region on the sun. This ultraviolet image was provided by the Laboratory of NASA's Solar Dynamics 15-16. of January. Formation resembling hinges consist of superheated plasma, each of which is several times the size of the Earth.

Top space photo for January 2012

Spacecraft "TMA-03M Soyuz" (Russia) are delivered to the pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 19 December. The spacecraft delivered another expedition to the International Space Station 21 December.

Top space photo for January 2012

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Don Pettit and Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers are forgiven, standing on the ladder leading to the pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome 21 December. Three astronauts set off to the International Space Station aboard the Russian spacecraft "TMA-03M Soyuz".

Top space photo for January 2012

Dressed in a white suit special engineers conduct work on the development of the thermal infrared sensor for the next Landsat satellite in space center Goddard, who is managed by NASA in Maryland, January 30. After testing is complete, the sensor is integrated with the spacecraft in Arizona. Landsat Program is a series of satellites that carry out earth observation. They are jointly managed by NASA and the US Geological Survey.

Top space photo for January 2012

The Long Tail of Comet Lovejoy is visible near the horizon of the earth on this night photograph taken by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank aboard the International Space Station 21 December.

Top space photo for January 2012

This picture, depicting the Eagle Nebula, it was published on 17 January. It combines the infrared image obtained by specialists Space Observatory Herschel and an image obtained via XMM-Newton. The photograph is fixed, as the hot young stars interact with the surrounding ultra-cold gas and dust, which is a critical material for star formation. Clouds, located just below the center of the photo, known as the "Pillars of Creation", and have been studied by the famous Hubble Space Telescope in 1995.

Top space photo for January 2012

The image taken by satellite for environmental studies "Envisat-1", a European Space Agency, was published January 13, 2012. It sealed phytoplankton blooms in the ocean, to form a figure eight. The photo was taken in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 375 miles east of the Falkland Islands.

Top space photo for January 2012

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, head of agency staff during the wreath-laying ceremony in the framework of NASA's Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery January 26, 2012. On this day, wreaths were laid in memory of those men and women who lost their lives in the struggle for the conquest of space. Among those whose memory was honored on that day, were the astronauts who died in a fire at the "Apollo 1" (27 January 1967), lost their lives in the explosion, "the Challenger" (January 28, 1986) and "Columbia" accident (1 February 2003).

Top space photo for January 2012

This modified color image, made using the Mars reconnaissance satellite "Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter", under the authority of NASA, and made public on January 25, etched in the sand dunes of the Martian valley Night Noachis Terra. Area, captured in the photograph, is about six-tenths of a mile (1 km) in diameter.

Top space photo for January 2012

The image of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The picture was taken with the help of NASA's aircraft "Cassini" May 21, 2011, when the "Cassini" was at a distance of 1, 4 million miles from the surface of Titan. The image was published January 22, 2012.

Top space photo for January 2012

Close-up of one of Saturn's moons, Titan, in orange and blue layers of the lunar haze near the south pole of the moon. The picture was taken spacecraft "Cassini" September 11, 2011 and promulgated on 22 January 2011. The difference in color can be associated with particle sizes of haze. Blue haze probably consists of particles smaller than an orange haze.

Top space photo for January 2012

the Florida Keys, as seen from space, photo taken with one of the satellites of NASA's January 4.

Top space photo for January 2012

In 1972, the crew of Apollo 17's famous photograph of Earth was taken, dubbed "Blue Marble" (Blue Marble). New picture of the same name was made on January 4 with the help of the satellite Suomi NPP. This new generation of satellites that will be used for meteorological observations as well as for climate research.

Top space photo for January 2012

The consequences of heavy snow can be seen on the territory stretching from New Mexico to Kansas this photo taken Dec. 21, 2011 Aqua satellite, owned by NASA. The photograph marked the boundaries of the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

Top space photo for January 2012

The newest island planet Earth sofrmirovavshiysya in the Red Sea, approximately 40 miles from poeberezhya Yemen. Local fishermen reported the eruption of an underwater volcano near the island of Saba, and satellites have recorded that from the water rises a white plume, as well as sulfur dioxide takes place. Volcanic activity center was located on the northern edge of the Zubair islands. This image, made 7 years yanvarya2012 using EO-1 satellite, belonging to NASA, captured the column of ash and steam rising on a new island.

Top space photo for January 2012

The landscape of the Florida Keys and meteor flying in the sky on the night of 3 to 4 January 2012, during the height of the meteor shower Quadrantid.