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Earth and Space category winner: Star Icefall by Masahiro Miyasaka (Japan). Taken in Nagano, Japan, this image shows Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades as the backdrop to an eerie frozen landscape.

The Chaco Culture National Historical Park has just been designated a Dark Sky Park. Free of light pollution, the archaeological site in northwestern New Mexico offers amazing views of the night sky, such as this view of the Milky Way.

Archaeological Preserve Named New Dark-Sky Park

Chaco Culture National Historic Park added to the International Dark Sky Parks, and a list of parks recognized for their beautiful views of the night sky.

«Скопление Плеяд» - кадр молодого астронома-фотографа Jacob von Chorus

2012 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition (pict. Young Astronomy Photographer category winner: Pleiades Cluster by Jacob von Chorus, Canada, aged

Deep Space Objects

IC 1396 – Elephant-Trunk Nebula by Bill Snyder. This picture shows the column of dust known as the ‘Elephant’s Trunk’ in the constellation of Cepheus. Deep within the dense clumps of dust and gas that make up the ‘trunk’ new stars are currently forming.

The constellation of Orion is rich with impressive nebulas. Of the many interesting details that particularly draws the eye is Barnard's Loop, the bright red circular filament arcing down from the middle. The bright orange star on the upper left is Betelgeuse, while the bright blue star on the lower right is Rigel. Other famous nebulas visible include the Witch Head Nebula, the Flame Nebula, and the comparatively small Horsehead Nebula. NASA-APOD, Stanislav Volskiy.

The constellation of Orion is rich with impressive nebulas. Of the many interesting details that particularly draws the eye is Barnard's Loop, the bright red circular filament arcing down from the middle. The bright orange star on the upper left is Betelg

L'intimité de la nébuleuse d'Orion révélée

L’intimité de la nébuleuse d’Orion révélée

This dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky. This orange glow represents faint light coming from grains of cold interstellar dust, at wavelengths too long for human eyes.

The Most Surprising And Strange Natural Phenomena. The Sahara from space

Earth has Bullseye ~ This prominent circular feature, known as the Richat Structure, in the Sahara desert of Mauritania is often noted by astronauts because it forms a conspicuous bull's-eye on the otherwise rather featureless expanse of the desert.

Against all odds \ i wonder how long till the trees outgrow the load bearing limit of the branch.

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The Milky Way seen from the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean, one of the highly commended entries in the Royal Observatory’s astronomy photographer of the year competition. Photograph: Luc Perrot

The Milky Way View from the Piton de l’Eau, Reunion Island © Luc Perrot (La Riunione)

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