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Best space images of the month

  • Flow charted
    A Nasa experiment shows the flow of water around a football in time for the World Cup – revealing the speed of greatest knuckling for a ball is around 30mph (48km/h). (Nasa)
  • Stormy outlook
    An NOAA satellite captures a mass of clouds over the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean, with further rain heading down through Ohio and Tennessee. (Weather Underground/AP)
  • Chile peepers
    The Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (Alma) in Chile. Alma is now the world’s biggest radio telescope, after the last of 66 antennaes was installed. (EPA/X-Cam)
  • The bright stuff
    The constellation Orion, taken from the International Space Station (ISS) by Expedition 40 flight engineer Reid Wiseman. (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Far-off giant
    Artist’s impression of the newly discovered ‘mega-Earth’ Kepler-10c. The planet is 2.3 times the size of Earth but has 17 times the mass. (Center for Astrophysics/Reuters)
  • Solar outburst
    A massive flare erupts from the Sun; the star emitted several X-class flares in June, the most intense class of flares. (Goddard Space Flight Center/Nasa/AP)
  • Splashdown test
    A prototype of the suborbital IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle undergoes a water landing test off the coast of Tuscany, Italy, with balloons keeping the craft afloat. (ESA)
  • Cosmic island
    A mystery “magic island” appeared without warning on the hydrocarbon sea on Saturn’s giant moon Titan. Scientists believe it could be caused by waves or floating solids. (Nasa)