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19/12/2013 14:48 GMT | Updated 19/12/2013 14:58 GMT

Best Space Photos 2013

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We learned a fair bit about space in 2013.

For instance, we learned that there is life inside the remains of meterorites. That there's a mysterious hexagon rotating on Saturn. The US Navy has a secret space shuttle in orbit, and there is water on at least five planets outside our Solar System.

We watched comets burn, China land on the Moon and cracked open a black hole and looked inside.

Meanwhile the Sun prepared to flip over, we built snakes to explore other worlds, and saluted the last brave moments of one remarkable frog.

Yes, it's been quite a year.

And while it's true that we're only barely 12 months closer to exploring other stars and planets (if that), we did see some sights along the way.

Courtesy of Nasa and HuffPost US, here are the space photos of the year.