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.
05 September 2014, 11:51 PM ET
The VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this beautifully detailed space wallpaper of the galaxy Messier 33, often called the Triangulum Galaxy.
04 September 2014, 09:34 PM ET
This stunning space wallpaper shows a striking pair of wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around both the young stars in the binary system HK Tauri.
03 September 2014, 11:21 PM ET
In this amazing space wallpaper from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust.
22 July 2014, 10:07 PM ET
This space wallpaper of an artist’s impression shows dust forming in the environment around a supernova explosion.
16 July 2014, 10:53 PM ET
This space wallpaper is a deep-field image obtained using the Wide Field Imager (WFI), a camera mounted on a relatively modestly sized telescope, the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre located at the La Silla Observatory, Chile.
15 July 2014, 09:19 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows a richly detailed new view from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the star formation region Gum 15.
08 July 2014, 01:44 AM ET
The sun sets over Paranal Observatory in this beautiful space wallpaper, painting an array of subtle hues across the sky reminiscent of a Monet landscape.
01 July 2014, 12:51 AM ET
This space wallpaper shows part of the 3000-metre peak of Cerro Armazones blasting away as a step towards levelling the summit in preparation for the construction of the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world.
27 June 2014, 12:02 AM ET
This cool space wallpaper shows an exit hole through Kevlar–Nextel fabric after hypervelocity testing of the multilayer shielding for ESA’s ATV space freighter, simulating an impact by space debris.
24 June 2014, 09:12 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows an artist’s conception of the environment around GRB 020819B based on ALMA observations.
18 June 2014, 09:27 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows the dust ring around the nearby star HR 4796A in the southern constellation of Centaurus. It was one of the first produced by the SPHERE instrument soon after it was installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in May 2014.
09 June 2014, 11:53 PM ET
This gorgeous space wallpaper, taken in the Atacama Desert in Chile, shows star trails circling the South Celestial Pole, over a cacti-dominated still landscape.
08 June 2014, 11:30 PM ET
In this space wallpaper, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope.
03 June 2014, 10:24 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows the dark and shadowed regions of the Moon that fascinate astronomers and Pink Floyd fans alike.
02 June 2014, 12:51 AM ET
This colorful space wallpaper from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the star cluster NGC 3590.
27 May 2014, 12:07 AM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing the magnetar in the very rich and young star cluster Westerlund 1.
22 May 2014, 12:26 AM ET
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured the images in this amazing space wallpaper showing the dancing auroral lights at Saturn’s north pole.
20 May 2014, 11:50 PM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper shows Jupiter's shrinking trademark Great Red Spot — a swirling storm feature larger than Earth.
19 May 2014, 11:46 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s view showing the planet orbiting the young star Beta Pictoris. This exoplanet is the first to have its rotation rate measured.
14 May 2014, 01:29 AM ET
Even though it may only be a lump of porous rock, Phobos isn’t shy about hogging the limelight in this space wallpaper taken by ESA’s Mars Express.
13 May 2014, 12:00 AM ET
This bundle of bright stars and dark dust in this beautiful space wallpaper is a dwarf spiral galaxy known as NGC 4605, located around 16 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear).
12 May 2014, 01:13 AM ET
This fascinating space wallpaper shows the magnetic field of our Milky Way Galaxy as seen by ESA’s Planck satellite. This image was compiled from the first all-sky observations of polarized light emitted by interstellar dust in the Milky Way.
09 May 2014, 12:27 AM ET
This unusual space wallpaper shows one of the VLT's Unit Telescopes. During the exposure the camera was zoomed so that the stars, and the rest of the image, are smeared radially to create a strange and striking effect.
07 May 2014, 11:25 PM ET
This colorful space wallpaper portrays a section of Saturn’s beautiful rings, four centuries after they were discovered by Galileo Galilei. Saturn’s rings were first observed in 1610.
29 April 2014, 10:50 PM ET
Acquired on April 13, 2014 this space wallpaper shows a transect over the northern part of the Antarctica Peninsula. It was acquired in the satellite’s ‘strip map’ mode with a swath width of 80 km and in dual polarization.