Some of the most captivating and other-worldly astronomy images can be found in this gallery of galaxy and nebula pictures. True-color photos show the explosion of stars in the Orion Nebula, a favorite target for astrophotographers, and filters highlight specific features in gas clouds and distant galaxies. Because filters can be “assigned” a color, their use gives astrophotographers a little room for artistic license in determining a nebula’s color palette. At the same time, the filters allow viewers to expand beyond “true color” to see invisible information, such as the location of ionized hydrogen, silicon, or oxygen gas within the nebula. Learn more about how these images were taken with Deep-Sky Photography Made Easy.
Browse the images below to see images as fantastic as their names: Witch’s Broom Nebula, Tarantula Nebula, Cigar Galaxy, Christmas Tree Nebula, Medusa Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, and more.