Phil Plait, the creator of Bad Astronomy, has lined up what he’s marked as the 14 best astronomy pictures of 2010, including the above awe-inspiring photo up top of an aurora australis as seen from space. Before becoming a writer and Discover Magazine blogger, Plait worked for ten years on the Hubble Space Telescope, so knows the best visuals in the cosmos when he sees ’em.
The collection includes fresh looks at galaxies, two asteroids colliding in the dead of space, a negative sun, the entirety of the Orion constellation seen up close, and more! Check them out, along with his picks from past years, at the above link.
Image credit: NASA/Expedition 23