17 Space Photos That Are Out of This World! #12 is Mind-Blowing!

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Published on November 14th, 2016 | by ttn in Astronomy

Space has been called the final frontier, for it is one of the most unexplored areas of science. I think at least most of us, hold hope for what wonders space could offer us. Whether it be other planets, lifeforms, or the secret to the universe, we always want to know more. While we wait for space travel to catch up with our imagination, let’s check out these seventeen amazing space photos that are absolutely out of this world!

1. Fireworks Galaxy

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The Fireworks Galaxy, also known as NGC 6946, is an intermediate spiral galaxy that is was discovered by William Herschel in 1798. This galaxy is approximately eighteen million light-years away.

2. Saturn’s North Pole

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Located on the planet Saturn, Saturn’s North Pole has also been called Saturn’s hexagon. This North Pole is a hexagonal cloud pattern that looks an awful lot like a vortex.

3. Carina Nebula

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The Carina Nebula is a formation of ethereal clouds, that has formed around several clusters of stars.

4. Kepler’s Supernova

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Kepler’s Supernova, also known as Supernova 1604, was a supernova that was first observed in our galaxy in the year 1604. This is one of the few supernovas that has occurred and was observed by the naked eye.

5. Sun’s Canyon of Fire

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The Sun’s Canyon of Fire occurred due to a solar filament eruption. When the 200,000-mile long filament ripped it left behind a canyon looking split that was filled with fire.

6. A Generation of Stars

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This picture of a generation of stars, located in region W5, was captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope. The oldest stars appear blue in color and the younger newly forming stars appear white in color.

7. Pillars of Creation

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Space photos taken with the Hubble Telescope are some of the most well-known images of space. This picture is of the Pillars of Creation. They are a part of the Eagle Nebula, approximately 7,000 light years away from Earth.

8. Witch Head Nebula

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The Witch Head Nebula, also known by its more formal name IC 2118, is located in the Eridanus constellation. The Eridanus constellation is approximately nine hundred light-years away from Earth.

9. Orion Nebula

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The Orion Nebula is located just south of Orion’s Belt. The space photos of the Orion Nebula were captured with the Hubble Space Telescope.  This telescope was first conceived in 1923, and it wasn’t until 1981 that the Space Telescope Science Institute was established in Baltimore, Maryland to manage the program. 

10. Our Planet Earth


You can’t deny that our home planet is quite the breathtaking sight in this photo from space. If you ever need a reminder of how much more there is to this universe than just ourselves, this is the perfect reminder.

11. Stellar Explosion

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This picture was taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. This stellar explosion was located in the spiral galaxy NGC 6984, also known as the Fireworks Galaxy.

12. Helix Nebula

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The Helix Nebula has also been nicknamed “The Eye of God”, because of the obvious shape and design of an eye. It may make you wonder who is really watching us from out there and the mystery of the unknowns of our universe.

13. Large Magellanic Cloud

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The Large Magellanic Cloud is a satellite galaxy, also known as a disrupted barred spiral galaxy. This galaxy is the fourth galaxy that is part of the Local Group, a galaxy group which includes the Milky Way.

14. Crab Nebula

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Located in the constellation of Taurus, the Crab Nebula is a made up of the remnants of a supernova and a pulsar wind nebula. The Crab Nebula was named after the shape it resembles.

15. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

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The Great Red Spot, located on the planet Jupiter, is a constant anticyclonic storm. It has been speculated by NASA that it is a heat source.

16. Butterfly Nebula

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The Butterfly Nebula, also named NGC 6302 or the Bug Nebula, is a bipolar planetary nebula. This nebula is located in the Scorpius constellation, and it contains a white dwarf star at the nebula’s center.

17. Milky Way

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The Milky Way is our home galaxy that contains our Solar System. This galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy and it is estimated that there are about one hundred billion planets located within it.

So what did you think of our choices, were they out of this world? Are you wish you could take your very own space photos? Where would you head off to if light-speed space travel was available right now? Please share in the comments and as always thanks for reading!

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