Image credit: Zhong Wu
Galaxies and stars undoubtedly offer a breathtaking view for us. The dynamic process of stars being born in stellar nurseries is a favorite subject of telescopes like Hubble, for their contrast of bright young stars and dark clouds. In their youth, stars collect clusters and sparkling starfields that provide mesmerizing shots. Lastly, star deaths are just as photogenic, producing sublime nebulae that allow us to project our imaginations onto their ambiguous shapes.
Astronomers have revealed some historic and alluring photos from the cosmos this year. They include the black hole at the heart of the galaxy M87. In addition, the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition also offered amazing shots. Chinese photographer Zhong Wu won the Galaxies category with an image called The Milky Ring seen in the thumbnail, stitched together from 1,000 shots of the Milky Way taken from China and New Zealand – meaning it was captured from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Apart from that, these are some of the most insane pictures taken this year. Credit to New Atlas for picking these out.