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Observatory captures stunning images of star clusters

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.

Two star formations in the Milky Way captured by the La Silla Observatory in Chile
Two star formations in the Milky Way captured by the La Silla Observatory in Chile Credit: ESO/G. Beccari

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 region around the cosmic factory NGC 3603, located about 20 000 light-years away
The region around the cosmic factory NGC 3603, located about 20,000 light-years away Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

The European Southern Observatory, which is supported by 15 European countries, operates three large observing sites in Chile.

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'Supermoon' blazes over New York City skyline

ITN cameraman Dan Martland posted these stunning images on Twitter:

'Supermoon' 14% bigger than average full moon

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.

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Look up! Tonight's #supermoon appears larger & brighter than any other full moon this year. http://t.co/GnuRamoFTC  http://t.co/ZjwSf2nxyq

'Supermoon' lights up night sky across the UK

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 view of the moon in Cornwall
The view of the moon in Cornwall Credit: Tasha Bettison
Alverstoke, Gosport.
Alverstoke, Gosport. Credit: Joy Ji
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Eastleigh, Hampshire Credit: Ian Armstrong

Read: Dramatic 'supermoon' to light up skies alongside Perseid meteor shower

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Sky-watchers share pictures of 'supermoon'

The biggest moon of the year will be seen tonight, with sky-watchers around the world already tweeting pictures of the 'supermoon' phenomenon.

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I took the picture of Supermoon as NASA recomended.It's the Supermoon of Japan!! http://t.co/0ssRGbYjhI

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Earlier today, astronauts aboard the International Space Station tweeted a preview of the phenomena.

Read: Dramatic 'supermoon' to light up skies alongside Perseid meteor shower

'Supermoon' and meteor shower to light up night sky

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.

The supermoon rise off the Sydney beachside earlier.
The supermoon rise off the Sydney beachside earlier. Credit: Reuters/David Gray
A supermoon rises behind the roof of the Sydney Opera House.
A supermoon rises behind the roof of the Sydney Opera House. Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

Read: Dramatic 'supermoon' to light up skies alongside Perseid meteor shower

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