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3D Printing a Star Cluster: How the Blind Can Feel Hubble Space Pictures

Scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute devised a clever way for the blind to experience the wonder of the cosmos: 3D printing images from the Hubble Space Telescope.<p><b>This iconic image of star cluster NGC 609</b> depicts several bright, newborn stars wrapped in a resplendent bubble of gas …

Condé Nast photography comes to Paris

FASHION NEWS<p><b>From March 1 until May 25, Paris fashion museum Palais Galliera will be celebrating a century of fashion photography from Condé Nast,</b> …

Cool waves: the best surfing photography – in pictures

Chris Power<p>First published on Tue 14 Jan 2014 12.00 EST

50 Highly Anticipated Films At The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

From a drama starring two recent SNL favorites to a documentary about Mitt Romney to plenty of zombies, there are all kinds of movies for all kinds of people at this year's premier Park City-set independent film fest. In no particular order!<p><b>Correction:</b> <i>It turns out, director Sophie Hyde did shoot</i> …

Sebastio Salgado's Amazing Captures of the World Around Us

In his ongoing series, <i>Genesis</i>, Brazilian photographer Sebastio Salgado takes us on an exciting journey to see the world from new perspectives. His elegant black and white images focus on shadows, lights, textures, shapes, and patterns found in the harmonious and peaceful compositions of a world …

Mother's Heartwarming Photos of Sons with Farm Animals

Russian photographer and mother of two boys Elena Shumilova captures heartwarming images of her sons interacting with various animals on their farm, including dogs, rabbits, cats, and ducklings. She manages to transport the viewer into a fairy tale-like world with her photos of these little guys …

Another image of Fantastic Mr. Fox 🐺 It was such a memorable encounter with this little guy. I turned the corner and saw him next to a stopped pickup truck in the middle of the road. The snowmobilers told me that he was friendly, and boy were they right. I freaked out, parked, and swiftly grabbed my camera. I sat in the middle of the road for 10 minutes with him. No cars, not a soul around, just me and Mr. Fox. Life changing! The two fox photos are iPhone, excited to share the DSLR images! #northandeast

Celebrity portraits by Terry O'Neill – in pictures

Terry O'Neill is one of the greatest celebrity photographers of the 20th century, and a key member of the group of portrait-takers that defined the 1960s. An exhibition at The Little Black Gallery features some of his most famous images. It can be seen at 13A Park Walk, London SW10 from 14 January …

How do you photograph cold? 14 pictures documenting the polar vortex

Taking pictures of a snowstorm is easy – there are piles of the stuff on sidewalks, and when it falls it just looks so pretty. But documenting the kind of bitter, arctic cold that's enveloped much of North America this week can be a more challenging task. How to convey an abstract feeling – brr! – …

Satellite eye on Earth: November and December 2013 – in pictures

Rare snowfall in the Middle East, a hybrid solar eclipse over Africa and smog cover stretching for hundreds of miles over China were among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites

Fluorescent portrait of Arthur Radebaugh - a picture from the past

First published on Wed 8 Jan 2014 08.06 EST

Readers' best smartphone travel photos

We invited readers to share their best photos taken on a smartphone and received over 700 images. Here's a selection of our favourites

Beautiful Games: the golden age of surfing

With his waterproof camera and pioneering approach, John Witzig was one of the most forward-thinking surf photographers of the early 1960s – the so-called golden age of the sport. Along the beaches of Sydney, Australia, Witzig documented life on and off the waves for a small community of …

Sun in the city: your photographs

Dawn at the Kremlin, Christ the Redeemer at dusk, cirrus clouds over Sydney Harbour and a Marrakech minaret ... here are your best sunrise and sunset snaps from cities all over the globe

Point and lick: surreal wildlife - in pictures

Swiss photographer John Wilhelm combines his passion for photography with a strong dose of imagination to create fantastical images in which animals achieve incredible feats

Art on Mars: rover images are a wonder of our time

In January 2004, two robotic rovers – Opportunity and Spirit – landed safely on Mars and started their slow treks over the surface of the red planet. Now, a new show at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington celebrates a decade of their remote exploration. And it is full of …

Art from Mars - the best pictures

NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity have spent a decade photographing the Red Planet. Here are their most awe-inspiring shots, from space blueberries to crater sunsets

Mount Sinabung erupts – in pictures

The Getty photographer Ulet Ifansasti has spent the last week in North Sumatra, Indonesia, documenting the effects on the land and population as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

Sherlock Holmes - a picture from the past

First published on Mon 13 Jan 2014 07.24 EST

Weather view: share your photos of this week's weather around the world

We’re looking for your best beautiful and striking weather-related photos. From cloudy skies to glorious sunshine, share your pictures of this week’s weather and we’ll choose a selection to be printed in the paper<p>From heatwaves in Australia, to snow in the US and Middle East, to storms and flooding …

The Human Be-In, 1967 - a picture from the past

First published on Tue 14 Jan 2014 09.01 EST

Street photography masterclass - in pictures

Hit the streets with your camera - the award-winning photographer Antonio Olmos shares his tips for getting started. Street photography is right on your doorstep. The best way to increase your confidence is by stepping outside and giving it a try.

Behind the scenes of Star Wars – in pictures

It's more than 30 years since the first Star Wars film was released. Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, has shared via Twitter images of the cast letting their hair down behind the scenes

Photo highlights of the day

The top twenty: The Guardian's picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

Why artists just don't get Kate Moss

Kate Moss creates a timeless bubble around herself where feminism never happened. In this archaic realm, women are bodies and men are eyes. This has proved a lot of fun for male artists, who can make the kind of art about Moss that in any other context would be dismissed as 1960s-style misogyny.<p>If …

Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian's picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

The Bafta portraits of Andy Gotts – in pictures

To mark its 60th awards ceremony next month, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) has commissioned photographer Andy Gotts to document more than 100 actors who have won or been nominated for a Bafta award since 1954. "I see my portraits of actors as a moment in time," says Gotts. …