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The Best Images Taken In Space

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'Earth from Space' photo (c) 2000, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This “The Best…” list is a companion to The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space and The Best Sites To Learn About The Hubble Telescope.

I’ve put it together pretty quickly because I wanted to connect it to the Hubble Telescope that my students learned about earlier this week, and we’re going to the computer lab .  Because of that, I’m sure I’ll be adding to it.

I’m including some collections of images taken by the Hubble, but you can go to that “The Best…” list to find more.

Here are my picks for The Best Images Taken In Space:

The Air and Space Smithsonian has a slideshow of what they consider the 50 Best Images Taken From Space.

Milestones In Space Photography comes from National Geographic.

National Geographic also offers the Top Ten Space Photos of 2008.

Here are Wired’s choices for The Best NASA Photos Ever.

Discover has The Best NASA Satellite Photos From The Last 50 Years.

The Discovery Channel has the Phoenix Mars Lander’s Best Photos.

The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture the Best Examples of Astronaut Photography.

View From Above: The Earth From Space is a series of photos from The Denver Post.

Mercury and Messenger are a series of images from The Big Picture.

LIFE has an amazing slideshow of “The 21 Greatest Space Photos Ever.” They have an automatic version of the same photos here.

A Guide to the Cosmos, in Words and Images Dazzling and True is the title of a slideshow from the New York Times showing some fabulous images of space.

April, 2010 is the twentieth anniversary of the Hubble Telescope.

According to The Telegraph:

to mark the observatory’s 20th anniversary, scientists at Nasa have selected the most dramatic and scientifically-important images it has taken.

You can see a slideshow of them at The Telegraph’s article, “Images mark 20 years of Hubble telescope.”

“Amazing Images Of Earth From Space” is a slideshow from Planet Green.

NASA’s Image of the Day gallery is the title of a series of photos posted by the Sacramento Bee.

Photography On The Final Frontier is a slideshow from National Public Radio of some amazing photos taken from space.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2010 is a series of images from The Telegraph. They are all finalists in the Astronomy Photographer of The Year Contest.

Looking Into the Sun is a pretty amazing slideshow from LIFE about…the sun.

40 Spectacular images of the Stellar Universe and beyond, from NASA is a series of pretty nifty photos.

As MSNBC writes: “Britain’s Royal Observatory has selected the cream of the crop from more than 3,000 images entered in its Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.” And you can see a slideshow of these top images here. I know it doesn’t quite “fit” in this list, but they are pretty neat photos!

Around The Solar System is an incredible collections of photos by The Boston Globe’s “Big Picture” blog.

Exceptional NASA Pictures is a nice collection of…excellent photos from NASA.

‘Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System’ is a slideshow from The Washington Post. It shows images from a new Smithsonian exhibition with the same name.

The European Southern Observatory has identified their choices for the top 100 astronomy images.

NASA Deep Impact spacecraft flies by small comet is the title of a Washington Post slideshow showing images from a NASA probe.

“Images Of Black Holes” is a slideshow from The Washington Post.

MSNBC has an excellent feature called “Space Slideshows.”

Amazing Photos Of The Sun is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

10 iconic NASA images

A Trip Around Our Solar System is a series of photos from The Atlantic.

NASA has created an amazing slideshow of the International Space Station compiling photos taking from a recent Soyuz flight.

The Universe, To Scale is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

The Storms of Saturn is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

10 awe-inspiring images of the moon is a great slideshow.

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 shortlist – in pictures is from The Guardian.

If you haven’t yet seen this video from a camera attached to the International Space Station, you definitely want to take a look:

The 2011 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition winners is from The Telegraph.

The Star Wars planet, Martian puppetry, a forbidden star and a falling satellite – in pictures is a photo gallery from The Guardian.

We Are Stardust: Photographs of the Great Beyond is a slideshow from The Atlantic.

Here’s another amazing video taken from The International Space Station:

Planetary Landscapes is a New York Times slideshow.

Best Photos From Space 2011 comes from TIME.

Wired has a series of fantastic videos shot from the International Space State at night. Here’s one of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. You can see a lot more at the Wired site.

In 1946 the United States shot a V2 rocket and got this footage:

NASA released this video of a recent solar flare:

Amazing Photos From The Space Shuttle Discovery is a slideshow from TIME.

This amazing video combines footage taken by NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions:


‘The History of Space Photography’ exhibition
is from The Los Angeles Times.

A Russian weather satellite has taken one of the most high-resolution images of earth available. Here’s a video of multiple still images stitched together, and you can see a lot, and learn how it’s done, at the Daily Mail.

Here’s an amazing new video from NASA of “airglow” and auroras. Here’s how Wired describes it:

The night can never be completely dark. Take away city lights, the moon, and the stars, and the sky itself will still produce a faint radiance.

Known as airglow, the diffuse phenomenon is beautifully captured in this new time-lapse video of Earth from space, which also features exquisite shots of the upper atmosphere and auroras.

A variety of chemical and nuclear processes create airglow, including cosmic rays striking the upper atmosphere and atoms combining together and emitting photons.

Each different activity produces a distinct color. The yellow color is generated when meteors break up in the atmosphere, leaving a layer of sodium atoms that produce golden light. The adjacent green layer comes from nitrogen and oxygen combining in a process that spits out green photons. Red emissions, seen higher up, come from excited –OH ions while a faint blue luminescence is formed by excited oxygen molecules.

Here’s an impressive video composed of photos from The International Space Station:

Check out this 3D “Flight Through The Universe” created by the Adler Planetarium, and read more about it here and at YouTube:

TIME has published an “Interactive 360 Panorama from the Curiosity Rover” that’s pretty amazing.

NASA has released this video of an eruption on the sun:

TIME Magazine has a nice slideshow titled Snapshots of the Heavens: Amazing Astronomy Photos. It contains 2012 winners of the annual contest run by The Royal Observatory.

Here’s a pretty interesting video put together with images taken from the International Space Station:

Most Spectacular Shots From 50 Years of Robotic Solar System Exploration is from Wired.

Astronomy photos of the year is from The Washington Post.

Dynamic Sun: Stunning Three-Year Time-Lapse View is a video from NASA. Here’s how they describe it:

In the three years since it first provided images of the sun in the spring of 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun’s rise toward solar maximum, the peak of solar activity in its regular 11-year cycle. This video shows those three years of the sun at a pace of two images per day.

They Call It the Penguin: Hubble’s Amazing Photo of Galaxies Colliding is from TIME.

Here’s photo of earth from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft near Saturn . You can see more of NASA’s photos here and read about the mission here.

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NASA describes this video as “Canyon of Fire on the Sun.” You can learn more about what that means over at The Atlantic.

From NASA:

In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to leave our home planet and travel to another body in space. But as crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders all later recalled, the most important thing they discovered was Earth.

Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8′s historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. Narrator Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon, sets the scene for a three-minute visualization of the view from both inside and outside the spacecraft accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

Suggestions and feedback, as always, are welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

One Comment

  1. I’m a huge fan of NASA’s Astronomy Pic of the Day: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

    I look forward to checking out the sites you’ve listed here. Thanks!

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