Monday, 30 April 2012



Best Space Photos of the Week - April 29, 2012
By, 29 April 2012.

1. Moon, Milky Way, and ALMA Telescope
This amazing panorama depicts the site of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimetre/sub-millimetre Array, in the Chilean Andes. When ALMA is complete, it will have 54 of the 12-meter-diameter dishes shown. Above the array, the arc of the Milky Way glistens while the moon bathes the scene in an eerie light. ESO Photo Ambassador St├ęphane Guisard took the shot, released April 23, 2012. Click the picture to see a larger version of the astounding image. [More amazing daily space photos]

2. Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012: Brian Emfinger
Skywatcher and photographer Brian Emfinger captured this magnificent Lyrid fireball with the Milky Way in the background from Ozark, Ark., during the April 21-22 peak of the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower. [See our full gallery of 2012 Lyrid meteor shower]

3. President Obama Spots Venus and the Moon
President Obama eyes Venus and the crescent moon at Colorado's Buckley Air Force Base on April 24, 2012. Venus is at its brightest of the year this week. [Full Story]

4. Lava Coils in Cerberus Palus, Mars
Giant lava spirals on Mars, like these, patterned volcanic crust in Cerberus Palus on the Red Planet, scientists say. [Full Story]

5. Trails in Saturn's F Ring
New Cassini photos show mini jet trails in Saturn's outermost F ring, likely created by snowballs flying through the icy ring. [Full Story]

6. Capturing a Water-Rich Asteroid
Small, water-rich near-Earth asteroids can be captured by spacecraft, allowing their resources to be extracted, officials with the new company Planetary Resources say. [Full Image Gallery]

7. Evaporating Blobs in Carina Nebula
The brownish "blobs" floating at the upper right of this Hubble Space Telescope image are known as dark molecular clouds. The energy of light and winds from nearby stars break apart the dark dust grains that make the forms - reminiscent of painted words by artist Ed Ruscha - opaque, thus making them disappear. The Great Nebula in Carina lies about 7,500 light years away, toward the constellation of Keel (Carina). [More amazing daily space photos]

8. Lake on Saturn Moon Titan Like Namibian Salt Pan
The lake known as Ontario Lacus on Saturn's moon Titan (left) bears a striking similarity to a salt pan in Namibia known as Etosha Pan (right), a new study finds. Ontario Lacus, imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Jan. 12, 2010, covers an area about 140 by 47 miles; Etosha Pan, imaged by a NASA/USGS Landsat satellite on Jan. 21, 2003, covers an area about 75 by 40 miles. [Full Story]

9. Saturn's Rings and Four Moons
This still from the video "Outer Space" shows Saturn's rings and four of the giant planet's moons. [Full Story and Amazing Video]

10. Hubble Space Telescope Sees Cluster of Stars in Large Magellanic Cloud
On the 22nd anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch, NASA released an image captured by the observatory of a young stellar grouping in one of the largest known star formation regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. [Full Story]

Top image: Additional views of Large Magellanic Cloud (left) and Near-Earth Asteroid (right)

[Source: Edited. Top image added.]

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