Written by Bella Dalima
31 Dec, 2014 | 5:23 pm
The year 2014 was a stellar one for spaceflight, what with ESA’s Rosetta mission putting a robotic lander on a distant comet and NASA successfully testing its Orion spacecraft.
But 2014 was also a great year for space photography, as you can see from these remarkable images (scroll down) picked for your viewing pleasure.
This Hubble Space Telescope photo shows NGC 2174, the “Monkey Head Nebula,” located 6,400 light-years from Earth.
A powerful X-class solar flare, one of three X-class flares unleashed by the sun on June 10 and 11, as seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. X-class flares are the most powerful kind.
Hubble image of the barred spiral galaxy M83, the “Southern Pinwheel,” which lies 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra. This mosaic image was released in January.
Astronaut Koichi Wakata tweeted this view of a crescent moon rising and the cusp of Earth’s atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2014.
Galaxy NGC 4258, located about 23 million light-years away from Earth, as seen by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.
This photo of a “rainbow aurora” was taken by ISS astronaut Alexander Gerst.
ISS astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted this image of a sunrise on Oct. 29. Wiseman wrote, “Not every day is easy. Yesterday was a tough one. #sunrise”
This image taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a profile view of coronal loops. Coronal loops are found around sunspots and in active regions.
This image shows the sunlit side of Saturn’s rings. It was taken in red light by the Cassini spacecraft’s narrow-angle camera on Aug. 23.
Several celestial objects photographed in the same field of view by Spanish-American astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo, including supernova remnant Simeas 147, the “Flaming Star” nebula, nebula IC 410, and galactic clusters M36 and M38.
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