This week, we explored mysterious ruined cities, the promise of space, and why the hell DC won't let Batwoman get married. We discussed what plot threads we'd kill to see resolved, and worried about RoboCop. And, just in case you were getting comfortable, there are some kinds of life that can't be categorized.
A DIY GALAXY | In a major triumph for citizen science, amateur astrophotographer Robert Gendler created this image of spiral galaxy M106 himself, combining his own ground-based photos with Hubble Space Telescope images. More details here.
MOONDOG NIGHT | This rainbow-like ring of light around the Moon is what's known as a Moondog, and it's caused by the reflection of moonlight from ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. Find out more here.
THE SKY IS ANGRY | A long-exposure photo of a lightning storm looks downright apocalyptic, and shows how terrifying nature's assault really is. See more here.
YOU THINK IT'S ROUGH NOW | Think the weather is crazy now? Just imagine what it looked like on Earth right after the mega-collision that formed the Moon. More details here.
THIS STRANGE AND LOVELY WORLD | The Alps look like an alien planet in this photo taken from the International Space Station. See more lovely and alien-looking visions of our planet, as seen from space, here.
WATCH OUT FOR BURNINATION! | The most spectacular solar eruption of 2012, featuring a coronal mass ejection tearing away from the sun at 900 miles per second. This is just one of the best space porn images of 2012.
BLACK VELVET PLANET | An amazing photo of Saturn, backlit by the sun, from the Cassini Space Probe. More details here.
LOOK OUT BELOW | The Geminid meteor shower, photographed by Tommy Eliassen from Hemnes, Norway. See more beautiful Geminid photos here.
OVER THE RAINBOW | Sunset Cloud Village, one of the most picturesque places in China, photographed by Peng Jiang. Just one of the winners of National Geographic's photo contest.
NON-AERODYNAMIC BUT STILL A WORK OF BEAUTY | This shot from Event Horizon is just one of hundreds of beautifully non-aerodynamic spaceships you shared with us. Says Phrosty, "It's not the lack of aerodynamics that'll kill ya."
IS THERE LIFE OUT THERE? SPRAY ONCE FOR YES | The best chance for finding life on other planets may be hoping that extraterrestrials are spraying CFCs into their atmospheres, just like we did. Artist's conception by Lynnette Cook via NASA.
THE SOCIALIST OCEAN PARADISE | One of several astonishing pictures of Neft Dashlari, Stalin's utopian ocean city that is destined to be submerged forever. Read more here.
THE FINAL CONFLAGRATION | What's happening in this picture? Only you can decide, by taking part in the final installment of our concept art writing prompt series. Can you finish the story of the Man who Stole the World, and create words that live up to our cool pictures?
IS IT FRIDAY YET? | Just remember, your week could have been worse. This is just one of the stunning wildlife photos from the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The winning entries range from the heartwarming to the thrilling... to the dreadfully upsetting.
TRON ENERGY | "Star-trail" photos from the International Space Station are even cooler when they're turned into a time-lapse video and stacked on top of each other. Check out the actual video here.
SPACE CANDY GIVE IT TO ME | Just one of four new breathtaking nebula images that NASA released, along with a jaw-dropping video. Check out the rest here.
GREAT LAKES OF TITAN | The methane lakes of Titan, which a robotic boat could one day explore. More details here.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU STEAL A PLANET-SIZED SPACESHIP? | Just one of the brand new images from Framestore that are waiting for you to turn them into a story. It's time to create Chapter two of our "concept art writing prompt" adventure. See more images and details here.