33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

What are the coolest pictures of ? The New Horizons Pluto flyby showed us our first close-up images of the demoted dwarf planet, and they’re spectacular. But awesome pictures of space aren’t new. From the first space pictures taken by craft that left the atmosphere to the thousands of pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, there are now countless images of galaxies, star clusters, quasars, and some of the most remote planets in the visible universe.

But even pictures of our closest neighbors like the sun, moon, and planets in the Solar System have new surprises for us. Using sophisticated instruments, we can see different wavelengths of light, moons transiting across planets, and spectacular closeups of peaks and craters. Some of these photos of space are so beautiful, they don’t even seem real. As new telescopes and software are introduced by NASA, however, our views of the universe will become even more spectacular – making these images seem quaint.

But until then, enjoy this planet photography – some of the most incredible and best space pictures taken of both our Solar System and the great vastness of the universe.

Barnard 33

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Eagle Nebula (Pillars of Creation)

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: NASA

Cone Nebula

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: NASA

Galaxy ARP 273

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Monkey Head Nebula

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Space.com

M51

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

M104 (Sombrero Galaxy)

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Space.com

The Surface of Venus

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Space.com

MyCN18 (Engraved Hourglass Nebula)

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

RS Puppis

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Earthrise

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: NASA

M106

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

V838 Monocerotis

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

High-Energy Sun X-Ray

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: NASA

Jupiter’s Aurora

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Astronaut Bruce McCandless in Space

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Smithsonian

Europa

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: NASA

NGC7049

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Carina Nebula

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Neptune

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Space.com

NGC5866

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Closeup of Pluto

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: NASA

Centaurus A

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Pinwheel Galaxy

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Supernova Remanent

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Far Side of the Moon

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Wikipedia

Mars

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: NASA

Pluto in Full Color

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: NASA

3D Photo of Mars, by India’s Mars Orbiter

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Indian Space Research Organisation

M74

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Westerlund 2

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Flame Nebula

33 Awesome Pictures from Outer Space

Source: NASA