Readers’ pics: galaxies

03 - David ATTIE - M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

Every month we receive an array of incredible astro images taken by readers from across the globe, showing what it is possible to achieve today with amateur astronomical and photographic equipment.

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Here, we present some of the best galactic images we have received over the past few years.

It is incredible to think how relatively little we know about our own Milky Way, then to consider that each of the galaxies below is another system full of suns and planets: perhaps many like Earth.

There could be two trillion galaxies in the Universe, and while all are currently out of physical reach, that doesn’t stop astrophotographers from creating incredible images for the rest of us to marvel at.

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Whether you’re an astrophotographer or simply like snapping pics of the Moon with your smartphone, be sure to share your astro images with us via our online Hotshots gallery.