Here are 5 extraordinary images of the universe

Details of our universe: the centre of the Milky Way galaxy as captured by telescope. Image: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Carole Haswell

Professor of Astrophysics, The Open University

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This image is sometimes called ‘Jupiter Blues’.
A cloud system on the planet Jupiter. Image: Enhanced Image by Gerald Eichstädt and Sean Doran (CC BY-NC-SA) based on images provided Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

This image allows us to see into the dense, dusty regions of space where star formation takes place.G. Li Causi, IAPS/INAF, Italy, CC BY
The Eagle Nebula, also known as M16, is 6,500 light years from Earth. Image: G. Li Causi, IAPS/INAF, Italy, CC BY

Can you spot the Quintuplet cluster and the Arches?
Can you spot the Quintuplet cluster and the Arches? Image: Hubble: NASA, ESA, and Q.D. Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst); Spitzer: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and S. Stolovy (Spitzer Science Center/Caltech)

Abell 370 is a cluster of hundreds of galaxies about five billion light years away from Earth.
Abell 370 is a cluster of hundreds of galaxies about five billion light years away from Earth. Image: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz and the HFF Team (STScI)
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the Hubble Ultra Deep Field
The light from some of these galaxies has been travelling for over 13 billion years. Image: NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team, CC BY

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