Space Pictures of the Week featured on many websites and National Geographic this week. These pictures just go on to show how small the world of internet and smartphones is.
There is something really this big, and we are all a part of it.
Photograph by Bill Ingalls, NASA
The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft floats through the clouds before landing in a remote area near Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on July 1.
Image courtesy H. Olofsson, Onsala Space Observatory/ESA/NASA
A bright star “blows a bubble” of gas in an unusual image released July 2 by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Photograph by Babak A. Tafreshi, TWAN
Aurora borealis light up the sky over a Sami village in northern Sweden.
“Now You See it, Now You Don’t”
Illustration courtesy Lynette Cook, Gemini Observatory/AURA
Baffling astronomers, the star TYC 8241 2652 has lost its dusty disk of debris—suggesting it “abruptly shut down and by all appearances went out of business,” according to the Gemini Observatory.
Image courtesy UCLA/Caltech/NASA
Several nebulae—including the Flame nebula, the large bright spot—shine within a star-making region of gas and dust.
Image courtesy ESA/NASA
Resembling a Fourth of July skyrocket, a geyser of hot gas from a newborn star splashes against a dense core of a molecular-hydrogen cloud in an image released July 3.
Image courtesy G. Neukum, F.U. Berlin/DLR/ESA
A butterfly-shaped ejecta blanket—an area of particles ejected during an impact—surround a large crater in the Martian region of Melas Dorsa in a picture released July 5.
Spine of the Swan
Image courtesy ESA/PACS/SPIRE and Hennemann/Motte et al
The yellow sliver and red spot above it make up the DR21 ridge, a huge structure within the extremely active, star-forming region called Cygnus X. The region sits at a distance of about 4,500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, or the Swan.