16 stunning pictures taken from space in 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, the Earth will soon have completed the 365.24219 revolutions on its axis and the 940 million kilometres of its orbit around the sun since the beginning of the year. Here are 16 stunning images taken in space in 2016.

Grand planet Earth

Grand planet Earth

2016-04-08 – The giant blue marble and the Philippines seen from the International Space Station (ISS). (Credit: NASA)

Astonishing star trail view from the ISS

Astonishing star-trail view

2016-10-03 – Astronauts captured this shot while orbiting Earth at 28,000 km/h (17,500 mph). (Credit: NASA Johnson)

Glowing storm in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Glowing Storm in the Large Magellanic Cloud

2016-09-05 - This shot from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within one of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). This stormy scene shows a stellar nursery which contains many hot young stars. These stars are emitting intense ultraviolet light, which causes nearby hydrogen gas to glow. (Credits: ESA/Hubble, NASA)

Sunset in space

Sunset in space

2016-06-14 – European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake wished Earth a good night on social media with this spectacular sunset in June. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins wears a space suit painted by pediatric cancer patients

Kate Rubins wearing hand-painted space suit

2016-09-20 – NASA astronaut Kate Rubins wearing a replica of the COURAGE space suit, painted by pediatric cancer patients as part of the Space Suit Art Project. (Credit: NASA)

Full moon on a bed of clouds

Full moon on a bed of clouds

2016-08-18 – An amazing view of the full moon seen from the ISS! (Credit: NASA)

Cloudy goodnight

Cloudy goodnight

2016-07-02 – NASA astronaut Jeff Williams wishes Earth a good night from the ISS. (Credit: NASA)

Sunrise in space

Sunrise in Space

2016-05-28 – Beautiful sunrise photographed from space. (Credit: NASA)

Never-before-seen perspective on Jupiter's South Pole

Never-before-seen perspective on Jupiter's South Pole

2016-08-27 - NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this view on August 27, 2016, when the spacecraft was about 94,500 km above the polar region. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS)

Red river deltas on Madagascar's west coast

Red river deltas on Madagascar's west coast

2016-05-23 – This photograph, taken by NASA astronaut Jeff Williams aboard the ISS, features the mouth of the Betsiboka River. (Credit: NASA)

Auroras below Canadarm2

Auroras below Canadarm2

2016-06-24 – This spectacular aurora above South Australia was photographed by NASA astronaut Jeff Williams. You can also see Canadarm2 and the ISS in the foreground. (Credit: NASA)

Italy from space

Italy from Space

2016-09-20 – The southern tip of Italy seen from the ISS. A Soyuz spacecraft docked with the Space Station can also be seen in the foreground. (Credit: NASA)

Lakes and glaciers of Patagonia, South America

Lakes and glaciers of Patagonia, South America

2016-03-20 – Glaciers and lakes of Patagonia, a region shared by Argentina and Chile, photographed from the ISS. (Credit: NASA)

London, Paris and Brussels light the night

London, Paris and Brussels light the night

2016-01-30 – Streetlights from London, Paris and Brussels shine like stars in the centre of this photo. (Credit: ESA/NASA)

Colourful Earth

Image of Africa from space

2016-02-12 – "Day 321. Beautiful Earth. Beautiful Africa. Good night from the International Space Station!"

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly took this vivid picture showcasing Africa during the last month of his year in space. (Credit: NASA)

Amazing close-up of Saturn's rings

Amazing close-up of Saturn's rings

2016-09-24 – This close-up view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn's rings in incredible detail. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)