31 Fascinating Space Photos That Will Make You Question Your Significance In The Universe

1. Eclipse Totality over Sassendalen - Luc Jamet

The image shows the total solar eclipse of 20 March 2015, about 100 metres above the valley of Sassendalen, which is situated on Svalbard, an island of the Norwegian archipelago. Venus is also visible in the photograph, as a bright spot in the upper left of the image.

2. Sunderland Noctilucent Cloud Display - Matt Robinson

Robinson had to wait 7 days prior to this capture on 7 July 2014 from Seaburn Beach, Sunderland, in the north of England. Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere and form above 200,000 feet. Thought to be formed of ice crystals, the clouds occasionally become visible at twilight with the first lights of the sun and create this amazing view, as seen in the photo.

3. River of Light - Martin Campbell

The photographer captured the Milky Way from 3,000 metres above sea level in the Hautes-Pyrénées of France.

4. Silk Skies - Jamen Percy

Taken in Abisko National Park in Lapland, the northern city of Finland, Percy had to spend hours on top of a mountain to catch the aurora. When he was just about to give up and ass he stumbled down the hill he captured this breathtaking shot.

5. April Aurora - Kolbein Svensson

When the nights in central Norway begin to get really bright, a little after midnight, this phenomenal view of greens and purples dancing across the sky  appears, contrasting with the tangerine glow of the sunset towards the bottom of the image

6. Sumo Waggle Adventure - Arild Heitmann

The photographer had to feel the cold literally to his bones to take this photo, which looks as if it's from outside this world. In the image, the vivid green aurora swirls across the night sky, countering the stillness of the Lomaas River and the snowy trees aligned on its banks. Heitmann walked an extra mile to achieve the beautiful shot, immersing himself in the river for over two hours in waters of a temperature of -15 degrees [celsius]. Upon exiting the river his wet waders froze almost immediately causing him to ‘waggle’ over to his car like a sumo wrestler and inspiring the name for this photograph.

7. Triangulum Galaxy - Michael Van Doorn

Lying approximately 3 million light years away, M33 – often named the Triangulum Galaxy is the third largest member of the local group of galaxies behind the Andromeda and our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and can be seen with the naked eye in optimum conditions.

8. The Antennae Galaxies - Rolf Olsen

Named after their look resembling the antennae of insects, the Antennae Galaxies are a pair of interacting or colliding galaxies, discovered in 1785. The image has been captured by Olsen after 75 hours of exposure.

9. Cosmic Oasis - Marcus Davies

NGC253, more commonly known as the Sculptor Galaxy is currently experiencing an era of intense star formation, and has created several super star clusters. The Sculptor Galaxy is one of the brightest galaxies, and can therefore be seen by just using binoculars.

10. Full Face of Our Moon - András Papp

An arresting shot of the Earth’s natural satellite with the division between light and dark sides

11. ISS Terminator Moon - Daniel Fernández Caxete

Towards the top of the image the rugged mountain range Montes Appenninus can be seen, with some peaks reaching over 5,000 metres. The photo shows the International Space Station crossing the face of the moon and the lunar terminator, travelling at approximately 28,800 kilometres per hour.

12. A Tainted Eclipse - Phil Hart

An orange-hued moon as seen during the total lunar eclipse of 8 October 2014, taken from Lake Boga in Victoria, Australia. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow and in this image our natural satellite has been completely immersed in the Earth’s shadow. Despite its name, during a total lunar eclipse, the moon doesn’t disappear entirely from view, but instead becomes a deep red as it will be lit by light that has passed through our atmosphere and been bending towards the surface on the way

13. Huge Prominence Lift-Off - Paolo Porcellana

A massive, searing hot loop of plasma radiates from the edge of the sun – in a phenomenon known as a solar prominence.  During the process of detachment the prominence reached a length of over 700,000 kilometres.

14. Totality Ends - David Wrangborg

Taken from the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, which was one of only two habitable locations to experience totality, the photo depicts depicting the moments after the sun begun to emerge from behind the moon.

15. Solargraph, Six Months - Chris Bakley

This photograph taken without the use of a high-end camera, portrays six months of the sun’s movement across the sky of New Jersey.  This photographic method is called solargraphy, in which a fixed pinhole camera is used to expose photographic paper for a significant amount of time.

16. Sunset Peak Star Trail - Chap Him Wong

Taken from the Sunset Peak, the third-highest mountain in Hong Kong, this photograph shows the stars flashing across the night sky and leaving trails in their wake but in fact portraying the movement of the Earth on its axis.

17. Eternity and Astrophotographer - Yuri Zvezdny

Astonishing view of our galaxy, the Milky Way over the Atacama Desert, Chile, and a lone astrophotographer  in the glow of the stars.

18. Interaction - Tommy Eliassen

In the spotlight of a brilliant display of the Aurora Borealis in Norway, the man standing on the hill looks as if he is about to be beamed up into space.

19. The Arrow Missed the Heart - Lefteris Velissaratos

A coincidental alignment shows the comet travelling just below the famed Heart Nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia; but the reality is a bit different: The comet actually journeying within our solar system at a distance of several million kilometres from Earth, whilst the Heart Nebula is at a distance of 7,500 light years from our planet. The shot Lefteris captured is nonetheless fantastic.

20. Saturn - András Papp

Saturn, the instantly recognisable planet  thanks to its rings. Saturn has a surface diameter approximately 83 times more than Earth’s and its most familiar features are its planetary rings that extend from 6,630 kilometres to 120,700 kilometres above Saturn’s equator and average approximately 20 metres in thickness

21. Mars Next to the Moon - Eric Toops

Captured on 6 July 2014 in Georgia, USA,  the image depicts the conjunction of Mars and the Moon. Here, our neighbouring planet Mars is dwarfed by the moon, but in actual fact Mars is about twice the size of the moon in diameter.

22. The Magnificent Omega Centauri - Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

The globular cluster Omega Centauri is a dense orb which consists of approximately 10 million stars, many of which are redder, cooler, and even older than our sun,   It is  15,800 light years away from Earth and has a diameter of 150 light years.

23. Sirius 9798 - David Pye

A sparkling rainbow of colours as emitted by Sirius in the night sky. Normally Sirius is often seen shining as a white star, but sometimes it is also known to flash with hues of red, yellow, green, and blue as a result of turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere. In the photograph, Pye's long exposure caused Sirius to trace a long, twisting line with shifting colors across the picture.

24. Orion Mega Mosaic - Tom O’Donoghue ve Olly Penrice

Made up of 34 panes comprising over 400 hours of exposure, a phenomenal view of the huge expanse of the Orion complex. The photo also captured Barnard’s Loop, which stretches approximately 300 lightyears in length across the vastness.

25. A Calestial Visitor - George Martin

Comet Lovejoy, which was visible with the naked eye for a while, soars through the night sky. The sad part is it won’t be seen for another 8,000 years but was captured by 15-year-old George Martin on 18 December 2014.

26. Mega Moon - Ethan Chappel

The mosaic of 16 frames shows a close-up view of our moon capturing the craters of Copernicus, Kepler, Aristarchus, and Grimaldi, which were created between 3.8 to 4.1 billion years ago from continuous impacts from high-speed asteroids.

27. Celestial Drift - Scott Carnie

13-year-old Scott Carnie captured this fascinating image through the use of long exposures, centring his objective  on the south celestial pole. The trails depict the rotation of the Earth on its axis.A group of dead trees reaching for the heavens makes the photo more impressive.

28. Jüpiter and Moons - Ethan Chappel

The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, accompanied by  its moons. Galileo discovered the planet’s four largest moons – Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto – in 1610, but it has since been discovered that Jupiter has 67 natural satellites. The gaseous planet is adorned with a series of bands known as zones (the lighter bands) and belts (the darker bands), formed by swirling clouds of  huge storms that persisted for at least 400 years since it was first seen. The photo is taken by 13-year-old Ethan Chappel.

29. Total Solar Eclipse over North Atlantic Ocean - Philippe Rowland

The photograph is taken by 7-year-old Philippe using the camera on his tablet, through the window of a plane flying 37,000 feet above the clouds. It successfully captured the total solar eclipse of 20 March 2015.

30. Orion - David Tolliday

Lying 1,300 light years away from Earth and measuring about 24 light years across, the Orion Nebula is astonishing!

31. The Comet Alongside Mars - Sebastiayın Voltmer

The photograph shows a close encounter between our neighbouring red planet Mars and the Comet "Siding Spring", as it whizzes through the night sky on 22 October 2014. When the comet was first discovered in 2013, it was initially thought that there was a chance of collision between the comet and Mars , but this was ruled out when the comet’s orbit was determined more accurately. The comet’s closest approach to the planet was recorded on 19 October 2014 as its relative velocity was 56 kilometres per second.

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