Aki Hoshide takes the best selfie of all time. This is the same guy who fixed the ISS with a toothbrush.
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. andreabe.fishup.ru/ 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.
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.
On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth's magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3. Pictured here is a lighten blended version of the 304 and 171 angstrom wavelengths. Cropped
This is an actual picture of our sun, captured in the far ultraviolet in order to more clearly see magnetic activity. The size of this thing is ridiculous too here is a size comparison with the earth: www.flickr.com/....
Yes, the Curiosity rover is on the move, evidenced by the rover tracks seen from above by the outstanding HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. If you look closely, visible are the rover’s wheels and even the camera mast. While this image’s color has been enhanced to show the surface details better, this is still an amazing view of Curiosity’s activities, displaying the incredible resolving power of the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment.
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.
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
Volcanoes from space. This one is in the pacific near Australia, that's not snow around it, the water is reflecting the sun making it look silver.
From Cassini, Saturn casts a shadow across its rings
Mt Sharp, Gale Crater, Mars (from Curiosity)
This image does not do the original justice, if you click on it you can download the full high res panoramic. (again from curiosity)