Wallpapers
19 November 2014, 10:09 PM ET
This dazzling space wallpaper from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the bright star cluster Messier 7.
19 November 2014, 12:30 AM ET
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a striking space wallpaper of a multiple star system called XZ Tauri, its neighbour HL Tauri and several nearby young stellar objects.
17 November 2014, 10:49 PM ET
This space wallpaper beautifully captures the zodiacal light, a triangular glow seen best in night skies free of overpowering moonlight and light pollution.
13 November 2014, 08:39 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows extensive dust and small clumps of star formation in part of the Taurus star formation region.
11 November 2014, 10:28 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows how the effect of gravitational lensing around a normal galaxy focuses the light coming from a very distant star-forming galaxy merger to created a distorted, but brighter view.
10 November 2014, 11:19 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows Beta Pictoris, located about 60 light-years away towards the constellation of Pictor (the Painter's Easel) and is one of the best-known examples of a star surrounded by a dusty debris disc.
05 November 2014, 12:57 AM ET
In this dizzying space wallpaper, we see a crowded night sky filled with star trails, a result of the camera's long exposure time. The starlight is reflected back at numerous different angles toward the camera from the giant parabolic dish.
03 November 2014, 11:14 PM ET
This space wallpaper from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a cosmic oddity, dwarf galaxy DDO 68.
31 October 2014, 11:01 AM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing the dust and gas around the double star system GG Tauri-A.
29 October 2014, 10:29 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows the sky around the young multiple star system GG Tauri, which appears very close to the centre of this picture.
28 October 2014, 10:43 PM ET
A solitary laser beam cuts through the night sky in this space wallpaper.
27 October 2014, 11:17 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression of exocomets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris.
21 October 2014, 10:01 PM ET
This space wallpaper of Abell 2744 is the first to come from Hubble's Frontier Fields observing programme.
21 October 2014, 12:13 AM ET
This space wallpaper depicts the formation of a galaxy cluster in the early Universe.
16 October 2014, 12:35 AM ET
This vivid space wallpaper resembles an abstract painting, or perhaps a contemporary stained-glass window. But it is actually an unusual view of a galaxy taken with the new MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope.
14 October 2014, 11:51 PM ET
In this space wallpaper, sitting atop Cerro Paranal high above the Atacama Desert in Chile, two of the Very Large Telescope's Unit Telescopes quietly bask in the starlight, observing the Milky Way as it arches over ESO's Paranal Observatory.
13 October 2014, 10:58 PM ET
The Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile took this space wallpaper of the open Wild Duck Cluster, Messier 11, or NGC 6705.
09 October 2014, 11:17 PM ET
This space wallpaper from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a cosmic oddity, dwarf galaxy DDO 68.
09 October 2014, 12:13 AM ET
Each of the colorful objects in this space wallpaper illustrates one of 30 merging galaxies. The contours in the individual galaxies show the signal strength from carbon monoxide while the color represents the motion of gas.
07 October 2014, 10:54 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist's concept of the silhouette of the extrasolar planet HAT-P-11b as it passes its parent star.
06 October 2014, 10:35 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows ESO's La Silla Observatory with a backdrop of the Milky Way. Established in the 1960s, La Silla was ESO's first observatory to be built in Chile.
02 October 2014, 01:55 PM ET
The bright, hazy smudge at the center of this space wallpaper is a comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, or 67P/C-G for short.
01 October 2014, 02:06 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows a night of observing the Northern Celestial Pole from the Allgäu Public Observatory in Ottobeuren, Germany.
24 September 2014, 10:39 PM ET
The stars appear to rain onto the surrounding mountains, as seen in this space wallpaper taken on May 21, 2013 by Diana Juncher in the Atacama Desert in Chile.
23 September 2014, 10:26 PM ET
A rare patch of wispy white clouds streak across the sky over ESO’s La Silla Observatory in this space wallpaper, taken on June 11, 2012 by astronomer Alan Fitzsimmons.
18 September 2014, 12:23 AM ET
This stunning space wallpaper from the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile shows the globular cluster Messier 54. This cluster looks very similar to many others, but it has a secret.
17 September 2014, 12:05 AM ET
The Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this space wallpaper of dark cloud Lupus 4 blotting out background stars.
15 September 2014, 10:34 PM ET
This space wallpaper reveals the celestial fireworks deep inside the core of a developing galaxy in the young Universe, as seen from a hypothetical planetary system.
12 September 2014, 12:32 AM ET
ALMA and many other telescopes on the ground and in space have been used to obtain the best view yet of a collision that took place between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age, as seen in this spectacular space wallpaper.
10 September 2014, 10:21 PM ET
This space wallpaper from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy cluster MCS J0416.1–2403.
10 September 2014, 12:44 AM ET
This space wallpaper from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way.
07 September 2014, 11:52 PM ET
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped the best ever image of the Antennae Galaxies.