The Universe in pictures: The best space photos of 2013.
The Best Astronomy and Space Photos of 2013
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Dec. 23 2013 8:47 AM

The Best Astronomy and Space Photos of 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year: When I spend days and days laboring over thousands of space and astronomy photos, agonizing over which ones to include in my annual list of the best of the year.

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

But it's done! I culled the vast collection down to two dozen photos of the Universe, and here they are: The Best Astronomy and Space Photos of 2013 (or click here to see the entire gallery in one page, but it may take a moment to load all the images).

New Hubble image of star cluster Messier 15
It's true.

Photo by NASA/ESA/modified by Phil Plait


Let me add that the pictures are beautiful, sure, but I didn't choose them necessarily for their beauty; I also picked ones that are important, thought-provoking, or show something in an unusual way. I guarantee they'll delight your eyes and tickle your brain. And isn't that why we explore space in the first place?*

*Answer: Yes.

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