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here is perhaps no better place to get away from it all than Norway’s Bouvet Island. Located in the South Atlantic Ocean between Africa, South America, and Antarctica, this uninhabited, 49-square-kilometer (19-square-mile)shield volcano is one of the most remote islands in the world. The nearest large land mass is the Princess Astrid Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica—1,700 kilometers (1,100 miles) to the south. The nearest inhabited place is Tristan da Cunha, a remote island 2,260 kilometers (1,400 miles) to the northwest that is home to a few hundred people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY

Christine Dell'Amore

National Geographic

Published February 28, 2014

Looking to get away from it all? How about a trip to Bouvet Island, seen in the above satellite image released on February 26 by NASA.

Prepare for a long trip if you go to this South Atlantic island owned by Norway. The nearest inhabited island is the British territory of Tristan da Cunha, about 1,400 miles (2,260 kilometers) away. (See National Geographic's top ten islands.)

According to NASA, the island is the southernmost part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the underwater mountain range that divides the African and South American tectonic plates.

Speedy Star

Picture of runaway stars.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY

As the speedy star Kappa Cassiopeiae, or HD 2905, zips through the cosmos, it leaves a streaky red glow of material, as seen in this February 20 picture captured by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

The red structures are called bow shocks and occur in front of the fastest, biggest stars, such as HD 2905, a supergiant that moves about 2.5 million miles (4 million kilometers) an hour. (Also see "'Renegade' Stars Tearing Across Universe, Hubble Shows.")

Branching Streams

Picture of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest galaxies to our own.
PHOTOGRAPH BY D. GOULIERMIS, NASA, ESA

Looking like branches of a tree, small waterways flow from northern Australia's Kumbunbur Creek toward the Timor Sea (not pictured). (See 20 stunning shots of Earth from space.)

The picture, taken by NASA's Kompsat-2 satellite in 2011 and released this week, uses false color to make the vegetation appear red.

Cigar Galaxy

Picture of M82, also known as the Cigar galaxy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE/JPL/NASA

The neon blue of the Cigar Galaxy glows in infrared light in a picture taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in 2005 and released on February 26.

Infrared, or long wavelength, light can pass through the cosmic dust that obscures the visible, or short wavelength, light that our eyes see. (See galaxy pictures.)

But Spitzer pierces through the dust, allowing astronomers to see into and better understand this "otherwise hidden phenomena," according to NASA.

Frosty Dunes

Picture of of frosty dunes of Mars.
PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA/JPL/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Sunlight illuminates Mars's frosty dunes in this picture released by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera team on February 27.

Frost is visible in the shadows that appear as lighter or bluer swirls. (See "Seven Great Mars Pictures From Record-Breaking Probe.")

Liftoff

Picture of the H-2A Launch Vehicle No. 23 carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory onboard lifts off from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
PHOTOGRAPH BY THE ASAHI SHIMBUN, GETTY IMAGES

A rocket carrying an observatory for measuring rain and snow worldwide lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Minamitane, Japan, on February 28.

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory is a joint mission between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It aims to provide a better understanding of the Earth's weather and climate cycles. (Watch a video about climate and weather.)

Sky Lights

Picture of the Northern Lights.
PHOTOGRAPH BY SINDRE HENRIKSEN NEDREVAQ, YOUR SHOT

Northern lights dance above Norway in a picture that Sindre Henriksen Nedrevåg submitted this week to National Geographic's Your Shot community.

These brilliant auroras were triggered by a coronal mass ejection, or CME, that hit our atmosphere. A CME is a cloud of superheated gas and charged particles hurled off the sun.

11 comments
matt k
matt k

Great snapshots I want a 1million megapixel camera........or whatever it is

Daniel Rolan
Daniel Rolan

Beautiful images - of both sky and space. It reminds me that we are not alone in the universe. This is what The New Message from God reveals - that we live in a vast cosmos called "The Greater Community". Read about it here: http://www.newmessage.org

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