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The three bright stars on the left in this image are the stars of Orion’s Belt. Although part of a familiar constellation, a view such as this can never be seen with the naked eye. Only with long exposure time and a sensitive camera can we see the dramatic landscape of glowing gas and dust clouds that lie between the visible stars. This vast region of space includes the famous Orion and Horsehead Nebulae. Rogelio Bernal Andreo was the Winner of the ‘Deep Space’ category, Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2010 (Orion Deep Wide Field © Rogelio Bernal Andreo, 2009)

Visions of the Universe: Charting our understanding of the cosmos

From the famous "Earthrise" photo where astronauts captured the Earth rising over the surface of the moon, to images of Saturn captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter, a new exhibition, Visions of the Universe, shows off some of the most spectacular space photography of all time. Sections are curated by space scientists including the Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees. The exhibition opens on June 7 at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.