NASA's Top Images of 2012

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The Best of NASA's Images

NASA has gathered its top images from 2012 in a Flickr Set. We've selected our favorites to highlight how amazing it is to be able to follow the movement, mysteries, and changes of both our planet and other objects and phenomena in our solar system and universe. Take, for instance, this incredible coronal mass ejection from the sun.

On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled at over 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth's magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing aurora to appear on the night of Monday, September 3.

Click through the slideshow for some of the most beautiful and interesting images taken in space to emerge this year.

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