<p><strong>Each week our photo editors hand-pick breathtaking photos of space. Of the 350 space photos published in 2014, we bring you our picks for the 12 best of the year.</strong></p><p>In the above photo, the Lagoon Nebula, an immense tapestry of young stars born amid a fiery cloud of gas and stellar cinders, stuns viewers in this <a href="http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1403a/">view taken from the Paranal Observatory</a> high in the Chilean desert.</p><p><em>—By Dan Vergano and staff writers, photo gallery by news photo editors</em></p>

Dive Deep Into Lagoon Nebula

Each week our photo editors hand-pick breathtaking photos of space. Of the 350 space photos published in 2014, we bring you our picks for the 12 best of the year.

In the above photo, the Lagoon Nebula, an immense tapestry of young stars born amid a fiery cloud of gas and stellar cinders, stuns viewers in this view taken from the Paranal Observatory high in the Chilean desert.

—By Dan Vergano and staff writers, photo gallery by news photo editors

Photograph by ESO/VPHAS+ team

Best Space Pictures of 2014: A Year's Delights Courtesy of Starry Nights

Of the 350 breathtaking space photos we published in 2014, here are our picks for the 12 best of the year.

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