Room with a view: NASA releases the best photos of Earth taken from space this year
When it comes to a room with a view, one several hundred miles above earth is hard to beat.
Satellites orbiting the planet and astronauts aboard the International Space Station often take pictures of volcano eruptions, hurricanes and other examples of nature's fury.
And now NASA has rounded up the most spectacular images taken from space all year.
The images also include some of the most beautiful sights our planet has to offer – from Princess Charlotte Bay, in Australia, to the surprising beauty of Reno, Nevada's city lights set against the mountains that surround it.
A picture was captured just weeks ago of a new island forming in the Pacific.
The past year provided some amazing images, the ones below are from a NASA collection made public.