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In this image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust. Image Credit: ESO / G. Beccari

The Antennae Galaxies, a huge collision on literally a cosmic scale.

Incredible "Amateur" Photo of Colliding Galaxies

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The rise of the Milky Way and a spectacular lightning display in Mersing, Malaysia on June 28, 2014. Credit and copyright: Justin Ng.

Astrophoto: Milky Way Rising Above Spectacular Lightning Display

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8 months of Mars observations in a single image, from October 2013 ending end of June 2014. Credit and copyright: Leo Aerts.

Astrophoto: Kaleidoscopic View of Mars

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Image of NGC 4258 (M106), a spiral galaxy in the Milky Way. This is a composite image made up of X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), radio data from the National Science Foundation’s Karl Jansky Very Large Array (purple), optical data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (yellow) and infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (red). Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/P.Ogle et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA

Image of the Umbrella Galaxy, combining data from the 0.5-meter BlackBird Remote Observatory Telescope and Suprime-Cam on the 8-meter Subaru Telescope. Credit: R. Jay Gabany

Cannibal Galaxy Could Show How These Huge Structures Grow

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The big proxigean full Moon rises over Daganzo de Arriba, near Madrid, Spain on July 12, 2014. Credit and copyright: Alvaro Ibañez Perez.

Your Weekend ‘SuperMoon’ Photos from Around the World

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Jaguar vs alligator: Photo: Justin Black

Fogonazos: El jaguar que desayuna caimanes (vídeo)

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Geminid Fireball. Jupiter is the bright “star” in the center, and you can also see the Pleiades star cluster near it with Orion on the left. Photo by: Patrick Cullis

Which of These Photos Will Win the RGO Astrophoto of the Year?

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On Dec. 25, 2012, the Moon passed in front of Jupiter — what astronomers call an occultation — as seen from Earth. Photo by Sebastián Guillermaz.

Which of These Photos Will Win the RGO Astrophoto of the Year?

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The Milky Way as seen from Devil’s Tower, Wyoming. Image Credit: Wally Pacholka

Missing Light Crisis: The Universe Seems a Little Too Dark

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The Sagittarius Spoon with dwarf planet Pluto (14.1 Mag) crossing the star fields of Sagittarius. The arrow points to the location of Pluto. Image taken from Dexter, Iowa on June 29, 2014 around 3:50 am local time. Credit and copyright: John Chumack.n

Astrophoto: Capturing Pluto with a Spoon

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The ISS right above Supertyphoon Neoguri. It is ENORMOUS. Watch out, Japan! Taken on 7 July 2014. Credit: ESA/NASA/Alexander Gerst

Noctilucent clouds over the city of Rosmalen, Holland, July 3, 2014. Taken with Canon 60D, 28 mm lens. Credit: Rob van Mackelenbergh

Rare and Beautiful Noctilucent Clouds Wow Over Holland – Gallery

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An Iridium Flare flashes over western Maine in this beautiful night sky image from June 2014. Credit and copyright: Mike Taylor/Taylor Photography.

Chicago: Lightnings for the Willis Tower, the Trump Tower and the John Hancock. Photo: Craig Shimala

Astrophoto: The crescent Moon and the Leaning Tower of Pisa together for a beautiful nighttime view. Credit and copyright: Giuseppe Petricca.

Camping Under the Milky Way: a 10 panel panorama of the Milkyway, as seen from the top of the Amphitheatre mountain range in the Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa. Credit and copyright: Tanja Sund.

Incredible View: Camping Under the Milky Way

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Ethereal and stunning sundog-like forms in the clouds called circumhorizontal arcs over Oxford, England on June 25, 2014. Credit and copyright: Nathanial Burton-Bradford.

What are Those Colorful, Crazy Clouds in the Sky??

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The smiling cut of an Ammophila arenaria

¡Qué simpática esta hierba! - Naukas

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Saturn’s northern storm marches through the planet’s atmosphere in the top right of this false-color mosaic from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute