<p>Mountain-wave clouds flow to the northeast over the southern Indian Ocean’s Prince Edward Islands. The islands’ volcanic peaks create ripples in the air and clouds, much like a boat in water.</p>

Making Waves

Mountain-wave clouds flow to the northeast over the southern Indian Ocean’s Prince Edward Islands. The islands’ volcanic peaks create ripples in the air and clouds, much like a boat in water.

Photograph by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response/NASA Earth Observatory

Week’s Best Space Pictures: Galaxies Smirk and Volcanoes Make Waves

Water and snow blanket the Mideast and Midwest, and Ceres shows off a massive crater.

Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our pick of the most awe-inspiring space pictures.  This week, volcanoes leave rippled clouds in their wake, galaxies warp light into a grin, and one of Ceres’ largest craters gets a close-up.

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