One of the most powerful black holes in the observable universe has been revealed by NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
From galaxies to moonrises, the Astronomy Photographer of the Year images offer stunning views of the universe.
The atmospheric imaging assembly has captured a shot of the sun every 12 seconds, in 10 different wavelengths, for the past three years.
NASA gives tours of its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747 that offers up unprecedented clarity for Earth-based telescopes.
As it marks its first year in space, the spacecraft keeps sending back stunning, detailed images in an effort to better understand the sun's influence on Earth.
Satellite shots from the Earth Observatory show the stunning scope of the mudslide that claimed lives and homes in the remote town of Oso, Wash.
The Solar Dynamics Observatory has the ability to stare at the sun without going blind, and it captures all kinds of colorful activity in the process.
The Chandra X-ray Observatory delivers astrophysicists another breathtaking first by capturing a dwarf galaxy smashing into a large spiral one.
Astrophotographer Stéphane Guisard has created a gorgeous timelapse of the galactic centre using images from the Paranal Observatory in Chile.
Astronomers at the Chandra X-ray Observatory explain why the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy doesn't consume everything in sight.