The retired space shuttle Endeavour rolled through Los Angeles as it headed to its new home at a museum. Endeavour nosed out of Los Angeles International Airport before dawn to begin a two-day, 19km journey atop a massive wheeled transporter to the California Science Center.
On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere erupted out into space. The coronal mass ejection traveled at over 900 miles per second and while it did not travel directly toward Earth, it did connect with Earth’s magnetic environment. Click through for images taken from the Nasa video.
An annular eclipse took place on May 20th, 2012. Differing from a total solar eclipse, the moon in an annular eclipse appears too small to cover the sun completely, leaving a ring of fire effect around the moon. The eclipse cast a shallow path from west Texas to Oregon in the United States and arcing across the northern Pacific Ocean to Tokyo, Japan.