Year in Pictures
Updated: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:30:00 GMT | By Jeremy Schultz, Reuters
Reuters best space pictures of the year

Reuters Best Space Pictures of the Year



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  • Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, Expedition 34 flight engineer, watches a water bubble float freely between him and the camera, showing his image refracted, in the Unity node of the International Space Station, January 21, 2013. (© NASA/Reuters)
  • The trail of a meteorite crossing the early morning sky above the Siberian city of Kamensk-Uralsky, February 15, 2013. (© Amateur video via Reuters TV/Reuters)
  • An artist's illustration showing a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun at the center, surrounded by matter flowing onto the black hole in what is termed an accretion disk. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies. This disk forms as the dust and gas in the galaxy falls onto the hole, attracted by its gravity. Image released February 27, 2013. (© NASA-JPL-Caltech/Reuters)
  • The star V838 Mon in an artist's concept released by NASA on March 18, 2013. Mon's outer surface suddenly greatly expanded with the result that it became the brightest star in the entire Milky Way Galaxy in January 2002. Then, just as suddenly, it faded. A stellar flash like this had never been seen before -- supernovas and novas expel matter out into space. Although the V838 Mon flash appears to expel material into space, what is seen in the above image from the Hubble Space Telescope is actually an outwardly moving light echo of the bright flash. (© NASA, ESA/Reuters)
  • The Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy in infrared light as seen by the Herschel Space Observatory and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Image released April 29, 2013. (© ESA-NASA-JPL-Caltech-STScI/Reuters)
  • The sun about to come up over the South Pacific Ocean in a photo taken by one of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the International Space Station on May 5, 2013. NASA (© NASA/Reuters)
  • A view of Earth from the cupola on the earth-facing side of the International Space Station, June 12, 2103. Visible in the top left foreground is a Russian Soyuz crew capsule. In the lower right corner, a solar array panel can be seen. (© NASA/Reuters)
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Here is a selection of Reuters best space-related images from over the last 12 months. A natural-colour image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible, is seen in this NASA handout taken from the Cassini spacecraft on July 19 and released on Nov.12. The image captures 651,591 km across Saturn and its inner ring system, including all of Saturn's rings out to the E ring, which is Saturn's second outermost ring. Cassini's imaging team processed 141 wide-angle images to create the panorama.