Best space pictures for July 2012
It focuses on the most interesting pictures of the distant and not very space in July 2012.
The entire left portion of the picture takes a shine stars α Centauri - one of the brightest stars in the night sky of the Earth. Age of a star system Alpha Centauri is estimated at 6 billion years, our Sun ages, which is 4.5 billion years old.
The Cassini spacecraft sent to land another amazing picture of the gas giant - Saturn and its largest moon - Titan. Saturn consists mainly of hydrogen, planet mass 95 times the mass of the earth, and wind velocity on the surface of Saturn can reach places 1,800 km / h!
The view from orbit, July 15, 2012.
in the constellation Aquila Clouds
In these dusty, dark clouds is the substance for the birth of thousands of new stars. They are located at a distance of 600 light years from us.
"Galaxy-needle" in the constellation Coma
"Galaxy-Eagle" or NGC 4565, known for its thin profile, is 40 million light years from Earth and has a size of about 100 000 light-years.
A giant iceberg
In July of the Greenland ice Petermann split giant iceberg whose dimensions exceed the area of Manhattan in New Yorks 2 times - 100 sq. km. This is a rare phenomenon managed to capture NASA satellites:
Panorama of Mars
In recent months, the rover Opportunity got a mountainside Grilic Heaven, spreading its solar panels toward the sun to absorb as much energy as possible. This is called charging.
However, the rover "rested" for the benefit and made about 800 pictures areas, many of which were glued together in this wonderful 360-degree panorama of Mars. Left traces of the tracks of the rover:
It is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major. Pinwheel Galaxy M101 is very large: its size in diameter is about 170 000 light-years, which is 2 times larger than our Milky Way.
Smog, heat and flames in Russia
In this photograph taken from space July 3, 2012, can be seen pockets of fire and smoke and smog in the Tomsk Region and Krasnoyarsk Territory.
The Orion Nebula, also known as the M42, is made up of glowing gas that surrounds hot young stars at the edge of interstellar molecular clouds. The Orion Nebula is located about 1600 light-years from Earth and is 33 light-years across. This is the clearest picture of the M42 nebula ever made.
40 years in space
July 23, 2012 marks exactly 40 years of the launch of the first satellite Landsat project - the longest Earth observation from space. Much of what now seems usual, Landsat satellites have seen for the first time - for example, tropical forests of the Amazon.
Hole in Mars
Who made this unusual hole in Mars? Hole accidentally discovered and photographed the Martian reconnaissance satellite, orbiting the Red Planet. The analysis of this image showed that the hole diameter is 35 meters, and its depth - about 20. It is not clear yet how took around this hole and crater that is inside cave.
However, such holes are of great scientific interest because of the cave inside them are protected against the harsh climate of the Red Planet, which increases the probability of finding life on Mars.
The pillars of creation
This is one of the most famous images of the 90s. It was obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. It shows evaporating gaseous clumps of a few light-years in length. They are so dense that under the influence of gravity within the compressed gas and the formation of new stars ...
Yukon River delta
Countless lakes, meadows and ponds scattered throughout the Yukon River delta in the south-western Alaska. This is one of the largest river deltas in the world!
July 6, 2012.