Best astrophotos of the week: Harmoniously blending space wonders with earthly beauty26th Jan 2024
As we continue finding the most picturesque images of space made by amateur photographers on social media, we are happy to present you a fresh collection of the best astrophotos! This week, we want to please your eyes with astrophotos that combine the uniqueness of space objects with eye-catching views from different places on the Earth.
Addtitionally, be ready to get obsessed by the captivating astrophotos of Vela Supernova Remnant, already well-known in this section Orion Nebula, the star Zeta Ophiuchi and more!
Pillars of Creation by Terry Brooks
The Pillars of Creation refer to a famous astronomical feature in the Eagle Nebula, a region of the Milky Way. These pillars are massive columns of gas and dust, and they are regions of active star formation.
It’s important to note that the Pillars of Creation are not static. Instead, they are constantly changing due to the destructive forces of radiation and stellar winds. The Pillars of Creation represent both the delicate nature and the dynamic processes at play in the formation of new stars and planetary systems within our galaxy.
Orion constellation above Rudawy Janowickie Mountains by Marcin Ślipko
Image Credit: Marcin Ślipko
The Orion constellation stands out as one of the most easily identifiable groupings of stars in the nighttime heavens, highlighted by the brilliance of stars like Betelgeuse and Rigel. Paired with the picturesque Rudawy Janowickie Mountains, this celestial arrangement likely forms a mesmerizing contrast of natural elements. It seamlessly unites the allure of the night sky with an amazing earthly landscape!
Tom O’Donoghue: Orion rising over the Baltimore Beacon Cork
Image Credit: Tom O’Donoghue
The Baltimore Beacon, sometimes referred to as the Baltimore or Sherkin Lighthouse, is a distinctive white tower situated on the cliffs near the entrance to Baltimore Harbor. With the mysterious beauty of the Orion constellation rising in the night sky, as captured in Tom O’Donoghue’s astrophoto, it creates a great juxtaposition of natural and celestial wonders against the backdrop of the Irish coastal scenery.
Milky Way captured from a little village in Suffolk by Ed Holt
Image Credit: Ed Holt
Suffolk, a county in East Anglia, England, is known for its charming villages and relatively low light pollution in certain areas, making it an excellent location for stargazing and capturing the Milky Way. The Milky Way, our galaxy’s luminous band of stars, gas, and dust, is particularly striking when photographed against the backdrop of a tranquil village setting.
Nick Axaris’s Vela Supernova Remnant
Image Credit: Nick Axaris
The Vela Supernova Remnant (SNR) is the debris left behind by a supernova explosion in the constellation Vela. This remnant is a vast, intricate structure of ionized gas, dust, and the remnants of the exploded star. Worth noting, while it is not as famous as some other supernova remnants, it represents a significant object of study in the field of astrophysics, contributing to our understanding of stellar life cycles. Finally, it is just visually stunning!
Tadpoles Nebula by Pete from Hemyock, Devon
Image Credit: Pete from Hemyock, Devon
The Tadpoles Nebula, also known as IC 410, is an emission nebula located in the constellation Auriga. The “Tadpoles” name comes from the appearance of dark, tadpole-like structures within the nebula, which are dense knots of gas and dust. This astrophoto is it a striking view of the unique cosmic structure!
The runaway star Zeta Ophiuchi by Timothy Martin
Image Credit: Timothy Martin
Zeta Ophiuchi is a massive, hot, and fast-moving star located in the constellation Ophiuchus. Also, we know it as a runaway star because it’s moving at an exceptionally high velocity through space. The star’s motion is thought to be a result of interactions in a multiple star system. In this astrophoto, the star resembles a human eye – a result of creative composition and a unique perspective on the star’s surrounding nebulae!
The Orion Nebula by Adrian Jannetta
Image Credit: Adrian Jannetta
The Orion Nebula, a prominent diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, is one of the favourite objects in our Best astrophotos collections! In this image, its beauty lies in the interplay of colorful gases and dust, illuminated by the energetic radiation of young stars.
We are vety gratuful to all the photographers who contribute their talent to making the awe-inspiring moments in the night sky. It’s fantastic that you’re sharing these breathtaking images with others. We are sure the beauty of the space inspire many people through your efforts!
Stay tuned as we continue our cosmic journey next week!