Top space photo for January 2013

As always, we offer the best, most interesting and unusual pictures, in one way or another connected with the cosmos that have been made in the last month.

Shocking beauty

This infrared image from NASA's Space Telescope, the Spitzer December 24, 2012, shows the giant star Zeta Ophiuchi. Zeta Ophiuchi is a young, large, hot star, located 370 light-years from Earth. The star is moving at a brisk pace of about 24 km / sec, fast enough to break the sound barrier in the surrounding interstellar material. Because of this movement, it creates a stunning shock wave in front of their direction of movement (to the left). The structure is similar to a ripple, which diverges the nose of the ship, when it moves through the water, or sonic boom from the aircraft, supersonic overcomes barrier.

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The third time was the best

Naro rocket from South Korea kicks off the launch pad in Goheung Space Center January 30, 2013 The launch marked the first successful attempt to civil South Korea to send a scientific satellite into space after two failed attempts. Tension in the region has been strengthened by the launch of the opponent's missiles, North Korea, in December.

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Mission ... in the woods?

Crew members of a future mission to the International Space Station in the practice of winter woody swamps around Star City, Russia, survival techniques in the event of an emergency landing on 23 January. From left to right: ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from Germany, Russian cosmonaut Maxim Surayev and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman.

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Where is the top?

Image Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is refracted through water droplets floating aboard the International Space Station. The photo was made available on Twitter on 27 January.

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Robonaut at work

Robonaut 2 is January 2 at Destiny laboratory on the International Space Station during a round of testing. The team from the Earth to remotely manage a two-handed humanoid robot in the process of operating the valves in the system board. Robonaut is an example to explore new possibilities of robots in space. Its shape and dexterity allow him to use the same tools and the control panel, and are enjoyed by his fellow-men on board the station.

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Mars in the shade

Dimed half Mars shines in this photo from the Mars Express orbiter of the European Space Agency, made by December 15, 2012 The spacecraft was at this time more than 9600 kilometers of Mars. This is the first photo that was sent from Mars to Earth through the newly open ESA tracking station in Argentina

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The fire at the bottom

Long streams of smoke from forest fires near Barrindzhuk Dam in Australia on January 8. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield took this photo from the International Space Station.

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The stars in the cosmic cloud

This image shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming, near a cluster of bright stars that have emerged from their dusty stellar nursery. This cloud, known as Lupus 3, located at a distance of about 600 light-years from Earth in the constellation Scorpius. The image was taken with the help of 2, 2-meter telescope MPG / ESO in La Silla Observatory in Chile and distributed by the European Southern Observatory January 14.

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The Future of Space Research

NASA astronauts accompanied by a full-size model of the Orion space capsule by the sight of the presidential stand during a parade in honor of the inauguration of President Barack Obama on 21 January. Orion - this vehicle agency crew for exploration beyond Earth orbit. Its first test flight is scheduled for 2014

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Buckled

Scientists surround monkey to space launch at an undisclosed location in Iran on 28 January. Iranian officials said the gray-crested monkey was tied to a panel reminiscent of children's car seats, sent into space on the Iranian missile and safely returned to Earth. They called it a significant step toward Tehran's desire to send a man into space.

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A cloudy day

Cumulus clouds cover the atmosphere in this image taken from the International Space Station as it flew over the north-western part of the Pacific Ocean on January 4. Cloud pattern is typical for this part of the world, when cold air moves over warm sea without any notable paintings by storm.

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Star Kaleidoscope

This image from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA common January 24, shows the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, which is in about 200 000 light-years from Earth. When the Milky Way's gravity gently took her in tow gas neighbor, clouds rolled up to form new stars. These stars illuminate the cloud kaleidoscope of colors.

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Space Base Model of the space station, built of living modules Bigelow Aerospace is exhibited in the company's headquarters in Las Vegas on 16 January. NASA gave the contract to $ 17, 8 million. Bigelow Aerospace to provide NASA expandable active modules Bigelow, or BEAM, which are essentially inflatable residential modules for the International Space Station.

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superbubbles

This composite image, released on January 29, shows superbubble DEM L50 (or N186), located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, about 160 thousand light-years from Earth. Superbubbles are located in regions where massive stars formed in the past few million years. Massive stars produce intense radiation, which produces fabric at high speeds and drives it through evolution, so that it exploded in a supernova. Winds and shock waves supernova excised large cavity called superbubbles, in the surrounding gas. X-ray evidence of NASA observatory Chandra X-ray shows a pink color, the optical reading of the line of sight of the Magellanic Clouds are painted in light red, green and blue.

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Earth and moon

Jupiter is visible along with located just above the rising moon on January 21 from Tyler, Texas.

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What a wonderful sight!

Region of star formation are shown in this infrared image of the Andromeda Galaxy, made by Herschel Space Observatory of the European Space Agency and released on 29 January. Andromeda, also known as M31, is the nearest large galaxy to our own Milky Way. Sensitive to far infrared light from the cold dust mixed with the gas Herschel look for the cloud of gas, where stars are born. This image shows one of the coldest dust accumulations in the galaxy with a temperature only a few tens of degrees above absolute zero. Cold dust in this image is shown in red.

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Upgrading Communications

NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) are checked at the Boeing technicians Astro Tech in Titusville, Florida, on January 11 during pre-launch. The satellite will be to upgrade the network, which is used to send messages in both directions between the vehicle and the ground.

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The Martian vision

This view of Mars on January 27 was shot onboard imager MastCam NASA rover Curiosity.

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Sunny ballet

Solar eruption rises gracefully from the Sun December 31, 2012. Eruption extends approximately 258 000 km from the Sun - a distance that is 20 times the diameter of Earth.

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The light over Finland

Northern Lights shone on the snowy Finnish landscape on a photograph taken on January 16-17, Thomas Custom night.

Top space photo for January 2013