A so-called "supermoon" lit up the sky on Sunday night, prompting people from around the globe to share their stunning pictures.
With the sun rising and settling every 90 minutes in space, astronauts can struggle to sleep.
A "supermoon" is to light up the night sky alongside this year's Perseid meteor shower, one of the most dramatic events of the year.
The La Silla Observatory in Chile has captured this dramatic image showing two intense star formations in the Milky Way galaxy.
The cluster of stars on the left of the image is known NGC 3603 and is located 20,000 light years away.
The region of glowing gas clouds on the right of the image appears to be next to the cluster, but is in fact only 9,000 light years away.
The gas clouds have two distinctive curves, like the horns of a ram, caused by "stellar winds from the hot, young stars within the central regions of the nebula, which have blown the dust and gas outwards across a hundred light-years".
The European Southern Observatory, which is supported by 15 European countries, operates three large observing sites in Chile.
ITN cameraman Dan Martland posted these stunning images on Twitter:
The moon is said to be 14% closer to earth making it appear larger than usual, according to NASA. The so-called "supermoon" was spotted across the UK overnight.
Social media users have been sharing pictures of a Perigee moon throughout the night on ITV News' Facebook page. Here are some of the best images:
ITV News has asked users on its Facebook page to send in pictures of the so-called 'supermoon', as the biggest moon of the year is expected tonight.
The biggest moon of the year will be seen tonight, with sky-watchers around the world already tweeting pictures of the 'supermoon' phenomenon.
I took the picture of Supermoon as NASA recomended.It's the Supermoon of Japan!! http://t.co/0ssRGbYjhI
Earlier today, astronauts aboard the International Space Station tweeted a preview of the phenomena.
A meteor storm and a so-called "supermoon" is set light up the night sky alongside this year's Perseid meteor shower in one of the most dramatic and anticipated astronomical events of the year when it becomes full tonight.