Our cups ran over with the many beautiful and amazing images scientists and satellites captured this year when they looked around and out from Earth. From things microscopic to those light years across, and from morning coffee to the deep recesses scattered around the universe, we bring you some of our favorite science pictures created in 2012.
These are in no particular order and by no means inclusive of all the best.
1. The first, above, comes from Hinode - a joint JAXA/NASA mission to study the connections of the sun’s surface magnetism. The project brings us this unique image of the transit of Venus between the Earth and sun, the once-in-a-lifetime event that occurred on June 5. Courtesy: JAXA/NASA/Lockheed Martin.
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University of Utah astronomers are asking for the public’s help to classify star clusters in the Andromeda Galaxy.
At the Andromeda Project, anyone can look through the thousands of Hubble Space Telescope images of the system, the nearest spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way. The object is to hunt for some 2,500 stellar clusters, collections of hundreds to millions of stars that were born at the same time from the same cloud of gas. By identifying these groups, scientists hope to better understand how they form and evolve.