From over 120 stunning entries to our first Space Science Image of the Week competition, the ESA panel of judges has chosen this beautiful composition of the conjunction of Jupiter and its four large satellites with our own Moon as the winning image of 2012. The image was composed by Antonio Peña from Madrid, Spain, as Jupiter and the Moon

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Have you taken an interesting astronomical photo this year? From planets and moons to the Sun, stars and galaxies, we’d like you to send us your images to feature as our Space Science Image of the Week on 31 December.


Transit of Venus as seen from Canberra, Australia, 2012. Credits: Manuel Castillo-Fraile and Miguel Sánchez-Portal

The ESA Space Science team’s …

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As beach trips, barbecues and bike rides fade into memories, let HubbleSite cheer you up with a chance to win a free cosmic image.

The End-of-Summer Hubble Picture Giveaway is a random drawing that runs until Sept. 16 on HubbleSite's Facebook page. Three winners per day will receive a randomly selected 16x20" print of one of three images: Mystic …

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This article originally appeared on Sky & Telescope's website

On November 8–9, 2011, the Earth-crossing asteroid 2005 YU55 will speed past us at a distance closer than the Moon. With a diameter of about 400 meters, it will be the largest object that's ever been seen passing so close. It should reach about magnitude 11.2 at its brightest, as told …

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If you live in a city, ever wondered what the night sky would have looked like before all the city lights drowned out the stars?

This compelling video shows the night sky from various locations and should remind us all of what we're missing because of the light pollution that's being coughed up into the sky:

I don't know what …

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Take a look at some of the winning photos with two of the judges from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, astronomy programmes manager Olivia Johnson and public astronomer Marek Kukula.

From giant oval storms on the surface of Jupiter to colourful wispy remnants from a supernova explosion and the dazzling green curtain of the Northern Lights - nearly 800 images were …

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I've been interested in astrophotography for a number of years and dabbled with it on and off, taking the ubiquitous star trail type images and also using a barn door mount for taking longer exposures.

It was only after I bought a telescope that I became any way serious about astrophotography. Below you'll find a number of photos I've taken …

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