Wallpapers
17 July 2013, 02:43 PM ET
In this space wallpaper—among a crowd of face- and edge-on spiral, elliptical, and irregular galaxies in the constellation of Virgo—lies NGC 4866, which is a lenticular galaxy situated about 80 million light-years from Earth.
15 July 2013, 04:13 PM ET
Observations of the dark cloud SDC 335.579-0.292 using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array (ALMA) have given astronomers the best view yet of a monster star in the process of forming, as seen in this stunning space wallpaper.
12 July 2013, 09:14 AM ET
This space wallpaper is an illustration showing a "hot Jupiter" planet known as HD 189733b orbiting its star, HD 189733. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope measured the actual visible light color of the planet, which is deep blue.
11 July 2013, 09:42 AM ET
This cool space wallpaper is an illustration showing HD 189733b, a huge gas giant that orbits very close to its host star HD 189733.
10 July 2013, 09:49 AM ET
The foothills of the Andes Mountains near the southern coast of Peru were captured by the Kompsat-2 satellite, as seen in this cool space wallpaper.
09 July 2013, 11:44 AM ET
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope space wallpaper shows the planetary nebula IC 289, located in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia.
08 July 2013, 09:16 AM ET
This fascinating space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing light from the heart of a background galaxy, which allowed scientists to explore how galaxies refuel.
05 July 2013, 01:40 PM ET
This vivid space wallpaper is a color-coded topographical map of the southeastern flank of the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars.
04 July 2013, 09:57 AM ET
Like a July 4 fireworks display, a young, glittering collection of stars looks like an aerial burst, as seen in this space wallpaper. The cluster is surrounded by clouds of interstellar gas and dust—the raw material for new star formation.
03 July 2013, 03:43 PM ET
This fascinating space wallpaper reveals a nearby star that at first glance looks like it is older than the universe. This "Methuselah star," cataloged as HD 140283, could be as old as 14.5 billion years.
02 July 2013, 04:45 PM ET
What looks like a celestial hummingbird in this stunning space wallpaper is really the result of a collision between a spiral and an elliptical galaxy at a whopping 326 million light- years away.
01 July 2013, 05:00 PM ET
The recently launched Proba-V miniaturised satellite captured this space wallpaper over the border region of northern Syria, southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq on May 28, 2013.
28 June 2013, 11:15 AM ET
ESA astronaut snapped this view of moonset from the International Space Station as seen in this stunning space wallpaper. Parmitano is onboard the orbital outpost as part of ESA's long duration mission, Volare.
26 June 2013, 05:52 PM ET
In the star cluster NGC 6811, astronomers have found two planets smaller than Neptune orbiting Sun-like stars, as seen in this space wallpaper.
26 June 2013, 05:24 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing the view from the exoplanet Gliese 667Cd looking toward the planet’s parent star (Gliese 667C).
26 June 2013, 10:22 AM ET
A previously unsuspected tidal dwarf galaxy candidate (upper left) appears only in the ultraviolet, indicating the presence of many hot young stars as seen in this cool space wallpaper.
25 June 2013, 12:38 PM ET
The Spanish city of Barcelona is pictured in this space wallpaper by Japan’s ALOS satellite. Along the coast, we can see the Barcelona’s port—one of Europe’s top ten largest container ports. This image was released June 21, 2013.
24 June 2013, 02:25 PM ET
A supermoon climbed its way to the top of the Washington Monument, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington as seen in the amazing space wallpaper. This year the supermoon is up to 13.5 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon is.
24 June 2013, 09:30 AM ET
Looking towards the constellation of Triangulum (The Triangle), in the northern sky, lies the galaxy pair MRK 1034 as seen in this space wallpaper.
21 June 2013, 10:43 AM ET
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this cool space wallpaper of nearby spiral galaxy Messier 61, also known as NGC 4303. In this image the galaxy is seen face-on as if posing for a photograph, allowing us to study its structure closely.
20 June 2013, 03:14 PM ET
In this electrifying space wallpaper, taken on Friday June 7, 2013, a furious thunderstorm is discharging its mighty rage over Cerro Paranal.
19 June 2013, 04:28 PM ET
This space wallpaper is a scaled-down version of a full-circle view, which combined nearly 900 images taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
18 June 2013, 10:23 AM ET
The contorted object captured by Hubble in this cool space wallpaper is IRAS 22491-1808, also known as the South America Galaxy. It is an ultraluminous infrared galaxy (ULIRG) that emits a huge amount of light at infrared wavelengths.
17 June 2013, 02:42 PM ET
Ligeia Mare, shown here in this stunning false-color space wallpaper from the international Cassini mission, is the second largest known body of liquid on Saturn's moon Titan. It is filled with liquid hydrocarbons, such as ethane and methane.
14 June 2013, 01:32 PM ET
This space wallpaper is a compilation of three images from Envisat’s radar and shows where southwestern Africa’s Okavango River empties into the inland Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.
13 June 2013, 03:01 PM ET
This spectacular group of young stars as seen in this space wallpaper is the open star cluster NGC 3766 in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur).
12 June 2013, 03:15 PM ET
The face-on spiral galaxy M101, or the Pinwheel Galaxy, is seen at ultraviolet and optical wavelengths in this amazing space wallpaper taken by ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope. This image was released June 10, 2013.
11 June 2013, 11:43 AM ET
This beautiful space wallpaper is a mosaic of Kasei Valles, comprising 67 images taken with the High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA’s Mars Express. This image was released June 6, 2013.
10 June 2013, 09:45 AM ET
This stunning space wallpaper is a combination of two composite images of NGC 6210.
07 June 2013, 02:49 PM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist’s impression showing a dust trap in the system Oph-IRS 48. The dust trap provides a safe haven for the tiny rocks in the disc, allowing them to clump together and grow to sizes that allow them to survive on their own.
06 June 2013, 09:11 AM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the globular star cluster NGC 6752 in the southern constellation of Pavo (The Peacock).
05 June 2013, 03:14 PM ET
This space wallpaper from ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) shows the newly discovered planet HD95086 b, next to its parent star.