The Andromeda galaxy, or M31 is the farthest object you can see with the naked eye, being
2.5 million lightyears away. This image was taken from Maine taking advantage of its dark skies.
The Orion nebula, or M42 is a stellar nursery where many new stars are being born.
A vast cloud of dust and gas, it is located about 1300 light years away. It's also so bright it
may be seen with binoculars from even a large city.
The Rosette nebula or Caldwell 49 is a star forming region located about 5,000 light years away.
The Dumbbell nebula, also known as the apple core nebula, or M27 is a shell of gas ejected from
and old red giant star, late in its life. Likely to be around 10,000 years old, it is located about 1,300
light years away from us.
Nubulosity around the bright star Antares. White being only the 15th brightest star in the sky
This red super giant is physically over 400 times larger than the sun. The brightest object in this photo
is actually not a star at all, but rather the planet Mars. On the bottom is globular star cluster M4.
This total lunar eclipse demonstrates how the earth blocks most of the sunlight reaching the moon,
turning it a golden red color. Taken with a DSLR attached to a telescope, essentially making it
a giant lens.
A very rare event, the passage of Venus in front of the Sun will not happen again until
2117. This image was captured in 2012 by traveling to Cape May, NJ
This highly magnified image of Saturn clearly shows one of the gaps in the rings, called
the Cassini division. This particular image was also used on Space.com.
A high resolution mosaic of the crescent moon shows craters down to about two miles in diameter.
Jupiter and one of its large moons.
The Veil nebula is part of the Cygnus loop, the remnant of a supernova explosion about 1,500
light years away. It is large and faint, being roughly the size of 6 full moons in the sky. latest research
shows we may also be looking at not 1, but 2 separate explosions.
The Trifid nebula or M20 is a stellar nursery approximately 5,000 light years away. This complex
object contains an emission, reflection and dark nebula, along with a cluster of over 3,000 stars.
The Horsehead nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion, located around 1,500
light years away. It's a dark cloud of dust where star formation is taking place. Discovered
photographically it gets its name from its distinctive resemblance to the head of a horse.
The double cluster, also known as NGC869 and 884 is actually bright enough to be visible to the
naked eye from very dark skies. Relatively young at 13 million years old, it contains an estimated
tens of thousands of stars.
The Eagle nebula or M16 is an area of active star formation around 7,000 light years away.
The middle of the nebula contains a feature made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope, called
the pillars of creation.
The Cone nebula and christmas tree cluster known as NGC2264 are part of a star forming complex
thought to be about 2,700 light years away. The cone's shape comes from a dark absorption nebula,
in front of a faint emission nebula.
The Crescent nebula, also known as NGC6888 is a result of shockwaves from fast stellar winds
colliding with and energizing slower moving winds ejected by the star WR136. It is located about
5,000 light years away.
The Pacman nebula or NGC 281 located about 9,500 light years away, is a large nebula that
also contains a star cluster and multiple star system.
The California nebula or NGC 1499 is a large and faint nebula located about 1,000 light years
The Crab nebula, also known as M1, is a supernova remnant, from an explosion recorded by Chinese
astronomers in 1054AD. At its core, it contains a pulsar, a rapidly spinning neutron star no more than
20 miles across, spinning at an amazing 30 times per second. The nebula is thought to be 6,500
light years away.
A view of the lunar south polar region. At the top left is the crater Clavius, the 3rd largest crater
on the visible side of the moon.
A view of the lunar north polar region.
Craterlets in the crater Plato. The smallest features that can be seen in this photo are about
one mile in size.
This compisite image shows the phenomenon known as earthshine. The unlit part of the moon is not
completely dark. It is receiving some light that's being reflected off the earth.