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The sky in rural Wyoming with very little light pollution (from Randy Halverson

The international space station in front of the moon

Another Milky Way shot, this one from Mike Salway. Below the Milky Way is the Bungle Bungle range in Western Australia. It's a sandstone formation about 350 million years old, the sediment of an old river bed.

The moon and Jupiter via Russel Bateman

Long exposure taken at night allows you to see the light from the moon refracted by water, it's a moonbow. Taken by Thierry Legault.

So this one isn't actually a space photograph but I didn't want to make a new board just for it. It's a river flowing through volcanic aftermath taken from a regular plane by Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev. This picture was taken in Iceland.

This is a crater on Mars taken by the HiRISE camera. There is so much going on here that is interesting. The light and shadows make it look like it's a mountain rather than a crater, then you have the second crater possibly caused by ice under the surface, lastly the ripple looking things are formed by the martian wind blowing the dust and forming structures like sand dunes on earth.

Mike Berenson Milky Way Clouds Over The Mount Evans Observatory

Orion by photographer Humayun Qureshi. The Orion Nebula is the closest large star forming region to us so it gets a lot of attention. It's also purdy. (link to photo in album )

the laser is from the ESO Very Large Telescope in Chile. There's always a risk taking time lapse photos with a building in the foreground. Uni students have a tendency to write swear words or draw a penis on the buildings with a torch. The stars are so dim that a torch drawing shows up very brightly.

From the ISS, taken by André Kuipers. Love this picture, the sun glinting off the water gives depth to the clouds.

Curiosity from the HiRISE camera on the mars reconnaissance orbiter. The colours aren't 100%, it shouldn't be that blue, very much a black-grey with a slight blue tinge. The red dust on the surface is a thin coating and light enough to be easily removed. The rover is heading towards Glenelg (Mars not South Australia) it's about 400m away and will take weeks to get there.

Mt Etna (Sicily) from space. This one is from 2002. I have some relatives who would have had a much closer view of this.

Volcano erupting pictured from space. It's not the clouds that are the eruption it's the light blue, this one is erupting underwater. It's growing and might soon reach the surface. In Feb when this picture was taken it was 120m from the ocean floor and had risen 10m in the month preceding that.

El Hierro Submarine Volcano Eruption : Image of the Day

Mt Sharp, Gale Crater, Mars (from Curiosity)

XZ Tauri, a newborn star spraying out gas into its surroundings and lighting up a nearby cloud of dust (star is just down and to the right of centre, the spikes coming off it are an image artefact).

NGC 1763, part of the N11 star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud taken through the hubble space telescope

The surface of mars is covered with a very fine red dust but is grey/black underneath. Here you can see where the exhaust from the lander blew away some of the red dust.

This image does not do the original justice, if you click on it you can download the full high res panoramic. (again from curiosity)