It has been a pretty incredible year for all things space – New Horizons flyby of Pluto, Messenger’s exploration of Mercury, the total solar eclipse in April, the Dawn mission to Ceres and the Rosetta mission.
But you don’t need to leave the comforts of Earth to enjoy the beauty and wonder of the worlds beyond.
Here are 16 spectacular shots of space and the night sky taken by the talented Earth Capture community.
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