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15 Breathtaking Astronomy Photos of Our Fascinating Universe

Since 1995, Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) has been serving up daily doses of cosmic beauty through breathtaking photos of our fascinating universe. Maintained by Robert Nemiroff (MTU) and Jerry Bonnell (UMCP), two professional astronomers who met at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the website contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet. With content selected from NASA’s archives as well as reader submissions, APOD illuminates the countless wonders of our world and outer space. From the Milky Way lighting up the night sky, to the ghostly green glow of an aurora, to faraway stars glittering amongst clouds of interstellar dust, each spectacular phenomenon is a reminder of how very vast, mysterious, and beautiful our universe is.

 

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In Green Company: Aurora over Norway / Image credit: Max Rive

 

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Milky Way above Atacama Salt Lagoon / Image credit: Alex Tudorica

 

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Along the Cygnus Wall / Image credit: Jimmy Walker

 

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A Flag-Shaped Aurora over Sweden / Image credit: Mia Stålnacke

 

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From the Northern to the Southern Cross / Image credit: Nicholas Buer

 

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Hubble 25th Anniversary: Pillars of Creation / Image credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team

 

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The Galaxy Tree / Image credit: César Vega Toledano

 

ESO’s Very Large Telescope images the Medusa Nebula

The Medusa Nebula / Image credit: European Southern Observatory, VLT

 

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The Sky from Mauna Kea / Image credit: Shane Black

 

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Milky Way and Aurora over Antarctica / Image credit: LI Hang

 

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Massive Nearby Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841 / Image credit: Hubble, Subaru, Roberto Colombari

 

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The Milky Way from a Malibu Sea Cave / Image credit: Jack Fusco

 

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Rocket, Meteor, and Milky Way over Thailand / Image credit: Matipon Tangmatitham

 

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An Unexpected Aurora over Norway / Image credit: Tommy Richardsen

 

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The Milky Way over the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations / Image credit: Sergei Makurin

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