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NGC 2841 This NASA image shows what the Hubble Space Telescope revealed in a majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in the spiral galaxy NGC 2841. A bright cusp of starlight marks the galaxy's center. Spiraling outward are dust lanes that are silhouetted against the population of whitish middle-aged stars. Much younger blue stars trace the spiral arms. NGC 2841 lies 46 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). (Hubble Heritage / ESA / NASA)

A long tail of interstellar dust shines in the reflected light of nearby stars in this view of a nebula in the constellation Corona Australis (the southern crown). In some parts the dust accumulates to form dense molecular clouds from which it is thought young stars are born.

In, Around, Beyond Rings A quartet of Saturn's moons, from tiny to huge, surround and are embedded within the planet's rings in this Cassini composition.

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Thomas Wright (1711-1786) "An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe, Founded upon the Laws of Nature".

View from above This image provided by NASA shows a night time image photographed by the Expedition 29 crew from the International Space Station on Oct. 16, 2011. It features airglow, Earth's terminator, Rocky Mountains, Denver-Colorado Springs (center-right), Santa Fe-Albuquerque (low-center-right), US Great Plains cities: Dallas-Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Chicago.

A finite View of Infinity... the first depiction of multiple galaxies in a book. Thomas Wright, “An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe”, 1750. (via Black Heart Press)

From 342 exposures over 10 days, the Hubble Deep Field image revealed a dazzling array of almost 3,000 galaxies. Credit NASA and European Space Agency

Whether the universe is finite or infinite, surely it has room for more than one galaxy to exist in the same space at the same time. Which is exactly what this picture — assembled from three sets of pictures taken in 2002 using blue, orange and near-infrared filters — of two colliding galaxies named The Mice — in the Coma Berenices constellation 300 million light years away shows us.

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