This picture of the star formation region NGC 3582 was taken with the Wide Field Imager at the European Space Observatory’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The image reveals giant loops of gas ejected by dying stars.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: the shortlist - in pictures
Photograph: Mark Hanson/Astronomy Photographer of the Year NGC 6888 by Mark Hanson (US). This colourful starscape taken from Rancho Hidalgo, New Mexico, US reveals the searing heat of the Crescent Nebula glowing in a whirl of red and blue.
Swirling dust clouds & bright newborn stars of the Lagoon nebula, from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope, ~between 4000 and 6000 light years away, in the general direction of the center of our galaxy in the constellation Sagittarius