A view of the Milky way from Uludag National Park, Turkey by Tunc Tezel (Turkey) - Part of the 2012 Royal Observatory's Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Night Sky Over La Silla The Milky Way glows brightly over the MPG/ESO telescope on the La Silla Ridge atop Paranal. La Silla is located far from pollution and is high above the clouds, offering some of the best conditions for viewing the stars.

The Milky Way Galaxy shining from the Cape Leveque Lighthouse, in the beautiful Kimberley region of north west Australia.

Milky Way stars over the Grand Tetons. Taken at midnight from the Cascade Canyon Overlook in Grand Teton National Park. Light painting of the foreground done at a distance of about 800 feet m) from the camera in order to be more evenly lit.

Shared by kyphoscoliosis. Now THIS is a rainbow. (Milky Way long exposure)

“Milky Way Over Switzerland. Photo by Stephane Vetter.

The Milky Way Galaxy Exploding from Mount Rainier by David Morrow (Everett, Washington). Photographed at Sunrise Point in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, October 'Natural World' Finalist, annual Smithsonian Photo Contest

Thoughts I Stay Up For by Miss Stevens - Sometimes you just can't get to sleep at night. You stay up you think you cry. Then you fall asleep. But some nights you just ignore it all till it goes away

UCLA astronomers discover star racing around black hole at center of our galaxy

The Planet, the Galaxy and the Laser: Image of the night sky above Paranal on 21 July taken by ESO astronomer Yuri Beletsky.

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