Never been to space, eh? Do these photos make you want to go or at least have an aha moment, recognizing how small we are in this solar system? Just when you begin to think there’s one galaxy, perhaps this will make you think about what’s really out there. The below image captures the stars’ nightly swirl while auroras set the horizon aglow over Australia’s Mornington Peninsula. These were taken from a much larger story on amazing top space photos from National Geographic who looked at many and chose their favorites. Below are our three favorites from their pick and you can find the entire article here. (a must read). Marvel away.
Above Photo credit: Photograph by Alex Cherney, TWAN
Below, Thor’s Helmut, also known as NGC 2359. If you’re not a science buff, Thor’s Helmet is a nebula found in the constellation Canis Major. This photo was taken by the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.
Above image courtesy SSRO/PROMPT/CTIO
Loops of wispy clouds rise like smoke rings against a background of stars in March. (See more cloud pictures from the National Geographic story.)
Photo credit: image courtesy Chris Perry, NASA.