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The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011. The Sartorialist. The year in Pictures: 2011 Part II. The second collection of images from 2011 once again brought us nature at its full force with floods, drought, wild fires, tornadoes and spectacular images of volcanic eruptions.

The year in Pictures: 2011 Part II

The death of Osama bin Laden, the attack on an island in Norway by a lone gunman, continued fighting in Libya, and protests around the globe were a few of the news events dominating the headlines. -- Lloyd Young Please see part 1 from Monday and watch for part 3 Friday. (45 photos total) A cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago, on June 5. Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4, 2011, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 10 kilometers (six miles) high, hours after warning of strong seismic activity in the area.

Photography. 2012 January 3 - A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway. Discover the cosmos!

2012 January 3 - A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2012 January 3 A Full Sky Aurora Over Norway Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer Explanation: Higher than the highest building, higher than the highest mountain, higher than the highest airplane, lies the realm of the aurora. Auroras rarely reach below 60 kilometers, and can range up to 1000 kilometers.

2012 January 1 - To Fly Free in Space. Discover the cosmos!

2012 January 1 - To Fly Free in Space

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2012 January 1 To Fly Free in Space STS-41B, NASA Explanation: At about 100 meters from the cargo bay of the space shuttle Challenger, Bruce McCandless II was farther out than anyone had ever been before. Guided by a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), astronaut McCandless, pictured above, was floating free in space. Best Short Astronomy Videos: APOD editor to speak in New York City on Friday, January 6 Tomorrow's picture: spot the moon Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip Newman Specific rights apply.NASA Web Privacy Policy and Important NoticesA service of:ASD at NASA / GSFC& Michigan Tech. 2012 January 7 - Grand Spiral Galaxy NGC 1232. Discover the cosmos!

2012 January 7 - Grand Spiral Galaxy NGC 1232

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2012 January 7 Grand Spiral Galaxy NGC 1232 Image Credit: FORS, 8.2-meter VLT Antu, ESO Explanation: Galaxies are fascinating not only for what is visible, but for what is invisible. Grand spiral galaxy NGC 1232, captured in detail by one of the new Very Large Telescopes, is a good example.

Discovery + Outreach: Graduate student research position open for APOD Tomorrow's picture: meteors from a forgotten constellation Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip Newman Specific rights apply.NASA Web Privacy Policy and Important NoticesA service of:ASD at NASA / GSFC& Michigan Tech. Photo Galleries, Photos, Pictures, Wallpapers, Photography. Best of December See the most popular Photo of the Day images from December 2013, featuring cows on a beach in Andalusia, a mountain reflected in the waters of a lake in Italy, white sea cliffs in Russia, and more.

Photo Galleries, Photos, Pictures, Wallpapers, Photography

North Korea In Widescreen View a gallery of panoramas of life and landscapes in North Korea, from David Guttenfelder. Patterns in Nature: Animals Nature's most intricate patterns tend to show up where you least expect them, like within the eye of a map puffer fish. FOUND Browse a collection of vintage photographs from our archives, chosen daily by our editors. Here, a woman harvests vanda orchids from Hilo Fields, Hawaii, in March 1975. Life in Color: Kaleidoscope Color is everywhere, and when it's everywhere at once, it can be as ephemeral as a rainbow, as sudden as colored powder raining down at a festival, or as necessary as a natural defense.