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A brilliant white core is encircled by thick dust lanes in this spiral galaxy, seen edge-on.
This composite image represents the close environment of Beta Pictoris as seen in near infrared light.
A Bok globule nicknamed the "caterpillar" appears at the right.
Southern part of the spectacular N44 H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
This new image of the luminous blue variable was taken by ESO's Very Large Telescope, yielding an incredible amount of detail.
New findings about an extraordinary galaxy cluster discovered by the National Science Foundation’s 10-meter South Pole Telescope.
This image shows the central region of a beautiful spiral galaxy, Messier 83.
The London Olympic Park including Olympic Stadium is visible towards the base of this Proba-1 High Resolution Camera image of East London, acquired on 11 August 2012.
Artist's impression of galaxy at center of Phoenix Cluster.
The Milky Way arches across this rare 360-degree panorama of the night sky above the Paranal platform, home of ESO’s Very Large Telescope.
This object, called the Helix nebula, lies 650 light-years away, in the constellation of Aquarius.
Gale Crater is 154 km wide and is located at latitude 5.4 degrees south and longitude 137.9 degrees east.
Orion Nebula captured using the Wide Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile.
Night sky watcher Vaibhav Tripathi took this photo of a Perseid meteor from the Santa Cruz Mountains near Palo Alto, Calif. on August 12, 2012.
Dark clouds of dust, called globules, are silhouetted against nearby, bright stars. Little is known about the globules, except that they are generally associated with areas of star formation.