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 aren’t new. From the first pictures taken by craft that left the atmosphere to the thousands of pictures taken by the Hubble 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

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Eagle Nebula (Pillars of Creation)

Source: NASA

Cone Nebula

Source: NASA

Galaxy ARP 273

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Monkey Head Nebula

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Source: Space.com

M51

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

M104 (Sombrero Galaxy)

Source: Space.com

The Surface of Venus

Source: Space.com

MyCN18 (Engraved Hourglass Nebula)

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

RS Puppis

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Earthrise

Source: NASA

M106

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

V838 Monocerotis

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

High-Energy Sun X-Ray

Source: NASA

Jupiter’s Aurora

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Astronaut Bruce McCandless in Space

Source: Smithsonian

Europa

Source: NASA

NGC7049

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Carina Nebula

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Neptune

Source: Space.com

NGC5866

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Closeup of Pluto

Source: NASA

Centaurus A

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Pinwheel Galaxy

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Supernova Remanent

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Far Side of the Moon

Source: Wikipedia

Mars

Source: NASA

Pluto in Full Color

Source: NASA

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

Source: Indian Space Research Organisation

M74

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Westerlund 2

Source: Hubble Space Telescope

Flame Nebula

Source: NASA

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