Astrophotos of the week: the Vulpecula, Rosette, Garlic Nebulae and so on!24th Dec 2023
In this week’s showcase of astrophotos, we turn our attention to the talented photographers from Facebook and Twitter (former X), who have kindly shared their awe-inspiring works with us. Our astrophotos of the week series is gaining in popularity. Perhaps you could share some of yours as well?
Zefram Cochrane’s Christmas tree & Geminid Shower
As the festive season approaches, we kick off this special collection with a magical blend of Christmas spirit and celestial wonders. Zefram Cochrane brings us a unique perspective with his stunning capture of a Christmas tree against the backdrop of the Geminid meteor shower in eastern Hokkaido. This astrophoto evokes a nostalgic sentiment reminiscent of cherished Christmas cards from childhood. The image becomes a visual embodiment of the warmth and wonder associated with the holiday season!
Image Credit: Zefram Cochrane
Josh Niedens’ celestial encounter on a FedEx Route
The next astrophoto by Josh Niedend highlights the unexpected beauty that can be found in the most ordinary moments. “I’m a FedEx delivery driver. This time of year is our peak season. I’m regularly getting home past sunset. This night, I was lucky to have a rural route and delivering to some ranches and farms. So I decided to stop on the side of the road and get a photo of the stars with this awesome windmill”, he shares.
Image credit: Josh Niedens
The Vulpecula Nebula by Devand and Judy Prana
Devand and Judy Prana present a breathtaking astrophoto of the Vulpecula Nebula, showcasing the ethereal Pillars in a stunning blend of red, orange and yellow colours!
Image Credit: Dev and Judy Prana
The Rosette Nebula by Clay Ennis
The Rosette Nebula is really a masterpiece that evokes the delicate beauty of a fresh, bright rose. The image of it made by Clay Ennis transports us into a cosmic garden of wonders,. And the Rosette Nebula stands as a symbol of a blooming rose emerging from the cosmic tapestry!
Image Credit: Clay Ennis
The Garlic Nebula by Michael W. Dean
Michael W. Dean’s lens peels back the cosmic layers to reveal the Garlic Nebula, an intricate Supernova remnant named Abell 85. The subtle interplay of light and shadow in this dim celestial object paints a great picture against the backdrop of the star-rich region of Cassiopeia. Have you ever seen so many stars in one image?
Image Credit: Michael W. Dean
The Rosette Nebula from another perspective by “Astronoob”
Astrophotographer “Aztronoob” presents a unique perspective on the Rosette Nebula. With a slightly different take, this astrophoto invites us to witness the beauty of the universe through the lens of a backyard in Scotland.
Image Credit: “Astronoob”
Tom Bock’s view of the Elephant’s Trunk and Squid Nebulae
Tom Bock presents a captivating view of the Elephant’s Trunk and Squid Nebulae nestled within the cosmic tapestry of Cepheus. This celestial canvas, painted with delicate strokes of cosmic dust and gas, reveals the intricate details of two distinct nebulae. Each of them resembles a unique sculpture in the vastness of space.
Image credit: Tom Bock
David Ek’s Spider and the Fly Nebulae
Ek’s meticulous astrophotography techniques reveal the intricate details of IC 417, also known as the Spider Nebula. Complementing the Spider Nebula is SH2-237, aptly known as the Fly Nebula. Ek’s lens captures the intricate structure of this emission nebula, where gas and dust create a celestial canvas painted with the hues of ionized elements. Together, the Spider and the Fly dance across the cosmic stage.
Image Credit: David Ek
The astrophotographers continue to capture the beauty of the cosmos, bringing forth celestial treasures that await discovery. Join us for a sneak peek into the next collection of astrophotos of the week!