Some beautiful images from the Universe gallery

  • Westerland 2

    Pictured are about 2,000 young stars glittering 20,000 light years away. The enormous cluster of stars is called Westerland 2.

  • Mesier 101

    Nicknamed the Pinwheel Galaxy, this spiral galaxy is 25 million light-years from Earth. It is enormous, at 170,000 light years from one end to the other. This Galaxy is called Mesier 101 and is twice the size of our own Milky Way.

  • Twisted helix

    This twisted helix is full of gas from dying stars. It was taken in 2002 and is a mere 690 light-years away.

  • Eagle Nebula

    New baby stars will emerge from this pictured eerie hydrogen gas, which acts like a sort of egg that incubates new stars. These "space serpents" are part of the Eagle Nebula.

  • Abel 520

    Hot gas in the core of galaxy Abel 520.

  • Horsehead Nebula

    The iconic Horsehead Nebula

  • Jupiter's largest moons

    Here several moons cast shadows on Jupiter. The black spots you see are not shadows but Jupiter's largest moons Io, Ganymede and Callisto.

  • Crab Nebula

    Here is a giant mosaic of the Crab Nebula, remnants of a dying star six-light years across.

  • Cat's Eye

    Another nebula, this one is called the Cat's Eye.

  • Lyra

    The Ring Nebula in this colourful image. It's part of a constellation called Lyra and is 2,000 light-years away.

  • Swan Nebula

    Part of the constellation Sagittarius, this image of the Omega/Swan Nebula was taken in 2003 and is an active star-forming region.

  • Saturn

    Saturn is pictured at various wavelengths as the planet is tilted 27 degrees towards Earth, its maximum tilt.

  • Starry Night

    Saturn is pictured at various wavelengths as the planet is tilted 27 degrees towards Earth, its maximum tilt.

  • star cluster

    A multi-wavelength view of a nebula, a star cluster and far-away galaxies.

  • Whirlpool Galaxy

    The Whirlpool Galaxy shows bright one stars being born (in red). Dust at the centre of this galaxy may be feeding a black hole.

  • Two spiral galaxies

    Two spiral galaxies passing each other.

  • Rose of Galaxies

    Rose of Galaxies" due to the beautiful flowery shape of the larger spiral galaxy.