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NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the brilliance of the compact centre of Messier 70, a globular cluster

from National Geographic

Star Photos

V838 Monocerotis - A red variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years from the Sun.

Deep Space category highly commended: Sharpless-136: 'Ghost' in Cepheus by Oleg Bryzgalov (Ukraine). The spooky shapes that seem to haunt this starry expanse are in fact cosmic dust clouds that fill huge volumes of space between the stars. The dust consists of tiny grains of minerals and ices and is an important building block for the formation of future stars and planets. The photographer had to travel 1,000 kilometres into the mountains of the Crimea to find a sky dark enough to capture…