Universal photography from 2012

These images are taken from Phil Plait’s recent selection of a handful of particularly stunning astronomical photographs captured in the year 2012 by the Hubble space telescope and similar instruments.

sharpless 2-106

Sharpless 2-106 star (Hubble)


the M78 cloud (APEX)

carina nebula

Carina Nebula (VLT Survey Telescope)

30 doradus

30 Doradus (Hubble)

venus sol

the transit of Venus before the sun, 5 June 2012 (see also the critically important essay “On the Transit of Venus and Human Civilization” by ecosocialist Quincy Saul written to mark the occasion)

NGC 5033

the NGC 5033 spiral galaxy (Schulman Telescope)

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