This heavenly view of the Milky Way was taken in the South Pacific paradise of Mangaia, the most southerly of the Cook Islands. This image was chosen as one of the winners of the National Maritime Museum's Astrophotographer of the Year 2011 Contest. CREDIT: Tunc Tezel
The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 (M31), is located 2.5 million light years from our own Milky Way and is a spectacular target for amateur astronomers. Andr van der Hoeven took this image of the Andromeda Galaxy in September 2014.