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Best Space Photos of the Week - March 10, 2013

Swedish Stargazer Snaps Family Portrait with Milky Way

P-M Heden / Clearskies.se / The World at Night

A family looks to the stars on a stunning night in Sweden. [Full Story]

When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pisa Pie

Giuseppe Petricca

Astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca sent in a photo of the last quarter moon over Pisa, Italy, taken on March 2, 2013. He writes: “The scenery was wonderful, with the last quarter moon slowly climbing above the horizon, hiding briefly behind some thin clouds.... Really an enjoyable view, to say the least!” [See More Images]

Evil Eye?

ESA/Hubble & NASA. Acknowledgement: J.-C. Lambry

The Hubble Space Telescope shows planetary nebula ESO 456-67 glowing like a giant eye in space. A planetary nebula arises when a dying Sun-like star flings its shells of dust and gas into space. (A planetary nebula has nothing to do with planets, but the misleading nomenclature resulted from the confusion of early astronomers using weak telescopes.) ESO 456-67 lies in the southern sky. in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). [See More Images]

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