NASA reveals its 5 most stunning Earth shots of the Year

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NASA's Earth Observatory has run its second annual photo competition and the top five images captured over the last year have been revealed. 

NASA satellites give us a global view of what’s happening on our planet as well as looks at how key parts of Earth’s climate systems change from month to month.

Taken out of an initial selection of 32 of the best satellite images of Earth from 2013, the winner was selected after a public vote.

The winning pic is of a the Canary Islands off the Northwest coast of Africa, captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Terra satellite in June 2013.

Named Trailing the Canaries,  the image depicts the string of islands with wake behind them - as if they're literally sailing through the ocean. The effect is causes by the shimmer of the sun's rays reflecting off the water and back at the satellite.

Take a look at top five images below and then visit NASA's Earth Observatory for more stunning imagery.

5. An eruption plume emanating from Kliuchevskoi, one of the many active volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far East of Russia.

4. The volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha  in the southern Atlantic - it last erupted in 1961 and forcing an evacuation of the island's only settlement, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, on the Northern coast.

3. Extensive sea-ice fracturing off the northern coast of Alaska, captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite on the Suomi NPP satellite.

2. The road network of the Belgian city of Liege.

And the Money Shot:  The Canary Islands as they seem to be sailing through the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa.

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