This detailed view of the star formation region Messier 78, in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter), was taken with the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. As well as the blue regions of reflected light from hot young stars, the image also shows streams of dark dust and the red jets emerging from stars in the process of formation. ESO hide caption

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In 2013, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Earth from Saturn. Seen here, our planet is 898 million miles away (1.44 billion kilometers) and appears as a blue dot at center right. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute hide caption

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Your direct connection with the stars and all of the space in between them. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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