Best Astrophotos of This Week: You’ve Never Seen Milky Way, Supernova, and Nebulae Like This!

23rd Feb 2024
Best Astrophotos of This Week: You’ve Never Seen Milky Way, Supernova, and Nebulae Like This!

Embark on a space adventure with our latest compilation of the best astrophotos of the week created by amateur photographers on social media! This week’s collection offers a fresh perspective on the Milky Way, the explosive brilliance of a supernova, and an overview of different picturesque nebulae.

Elephant Trunk Nebula astrophoto

Our first astrophoto represents the Elephant Trunk Nebula. It is a dense, elongated region of interstellar gas and dust located in the constellation Cepheus. No wonder the nebula has such a name – it appears as a dark, sinuous feature with regions of bright emission.

Elephant Trunk Nebula
Image Credit: Silvio Klausnitzer

Astrophoto of Starburst Galaxy Messier 82

Messier 82, also known as M82 or the Cigar Galaxy, is a starburst galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major. Unlike the more typical spiral structure of many galaxies, M82 has an irregular and distorted shape. By the way, Messier 82 is known for its history of supernova explosions – several supernovae have been observed in it over the years.

Starburst Galaxy Messier 82
Image Credit: Andrea Girones

Milky Way Astrophoto, 2024 edition

This astrophoto depicts the silhouette of a lone figure, the astrophotographer behind the lens, with a lantern cradled in hand, casting a soft, warm glow upon the landscape. Against the backdrop of the velvety night sky, the Milky Way unfolds like a luminous river of stardust.

Milky Way, 2024 edition
Image Credit: Pratap J.

Supernova Astrophoto

The next astrophoto showcases a powerful and cataclysmic stellar explosion that occurs when a star reaches the end of its life cycle – a Supernova. Did you know that supernovae are crucial for understanding cosmic distances, as they serve as “standard candles” – objects of known luminosity? Observing the brightness of a supernova can help astronomers measure the distance to its host galaxy.

A supernova
Image Credit: Brian Toups

Center of the Milky Way Astrophoto

At the center of the Milky Way, our galactic home, the cosmic dust absorbs and scatters the light, creating intricate patterns and dark lanes that meander through the celestial canvas…

Center of the Milky Way
Image Credit: Ionut Pantea

Astrophoto of Dust surrounding M81 and M82

In this astrophoto, the contrast between the luminous beauty of the galaxies and the enigmatic allure of the dust takes the central stage. M81, a grand spiral galaxy, showcases graceful arms adorned with bright clusters, while M82, a nearby irregular galaxy, shows intense starburst activity, leading to its distinctive shape.

Dust surrounding M81 and M82
Image Credit: Ronan Hunt

The Tadpole Nebula Astrophoto

The Tadpole Nebula derives its popular name from the prominent tadpole-shaped structure visible within its expansive clouds of gas and dust. The tadpole-like structure is formed by the pressure of stellar winds and radiation from these hot, massive stars sculpting the surrounding material.

The Tadpole Nebula
Image Credit: Brandon Buettner

The Rotten Fish & Dark Shark Nebulae Astrophoto

Named after their shapes, LDN 1235 and LDN 1251 nebulae represent the regions of dense interstellar dust and gas that block the light from background stars and nebulae. Notably, they are reflection nebulae. These ones occur when starlight is scattered by the fine dust particles in the nebula, creating a blue hue.

The Rotten Fish & Dark Shark
Image Credit: Ollie Aplin

At the intersection of art and science, our best astrophotos collections are tailored for your inspiration! Whether you’re a seasoned astrophotographer or an enthusiast, stay tuned for the unveiling of our next collection. The next articles may feature your own cosmic masterpiece!

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