Bad Astronomy's Top Space Pictures 2011



Dr. Phil Plait selects his favorite space pictures every year, but this year he had a lot to sift through. The top 16 pictures taken from the viewpoint of space include volcanoes, hurricanes, earth formations, the moon, eclipses, and spacecraft, including the final space shuttle missions. Astronaut Ron Garan took this photograph of the moon from the International Space Station. See the rest at Bad Astronomy Blog. Link

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Hmmm? The top ten space pictures of 2011 is it? The author states that, being taken on the 4th of January, Thierry Legault's eclipse photograph only just made the cut. So what about anything taken after the 6th of December?

Actually I suspect the list was compiled more than a week before it was published, for one simple reason. Rolf Olsen's staggering photograph of the circumstellar disc around Beta Pictoris was published on the 30th of November. And that is certainly among the best astrophotographs of 2011. I would add that it is possibly the cleverest especially given the equipment used to create it.

http://www.pbase.com/rolfolsen/beta_pictoris
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