The 10 Most Awesome Pictures Taken From Outer Space

Feast your eyes and boggle your brain at these truly magnificent pictures taken from Outer Space.

1. The Orion Nebula

This is one of the most detailed images ever taken of the Orion Nebula. It was taken by NASA/ESA’s Hubble Space telescope and took 105 Hubble orbits to complete. The Orion Nebula is in the south of Orion’s belt and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. It is almost 1, 500 light years away.

2. The Eclipse of Saturn

This picture was taken by the Cassini Spacecraft on September 15th 2006. This aircraft is robotic and can move freely near to Saturn’s atmosphere. One of the most detailed pictures ever taken of Saturn’s ring, the most detailed one being the “E” ring. Just left above the rings, but not visible in this picture, is where we live.

3. Valles Mariners

This is a massive canyon system that runs along the equator on Mars. It is 4500 km long, 200 km wide, and 11 km deep. This means that it is the largest known crevice in the solar system. It is thought that this huge trench was created within a very short space of time by a large electric force sweeping the surface of Mars.

4. The Sombrero Galaxy

This picture was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced camera in June 2003. This is an unbarred spiral galaxy which has a large bulge in the middle and a very visible dust lane. This unusual combination makes it look like a sombrero, hence the name. The Sombrero Galaxy can easily be seen by anyone using an amateur telescope.

5. Earth Lights From Space

This is a picture taken by NASA of the Earth at Night. Pay attention to how dark some parts of the forests of South America are, also the almost total darkness of Antarctica. By contrast, look at all the lights in the USA.

6. The Helix Nebula

Also referred to as the eye of God. This is an infrared image taken from NASA’s Space Telescope. Nebula looks like a giant eye and is one of the few dead-star systems in which evidence for comet survivors can be found. The Helix Nebula is 650 light years away and was discovered by Ludwig Harding before 1824.

7. The Earth

Seen from Apollo.

This picture shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula. It was taken on the way to the moon by Apollo 17th on December 7, 1972.

8. Saturn

First seen by Galileo who was confused by its appearance. It was thought for a long time that Saturn was the only planet with rings around it until faint rings were discovered first around Uranus, then Jupiter and Neptune. Saturn is the least dense planet and is made up of 75% hydrogen and 25% Helium.

This picture was taken in October 2004 by Cassini Orbiter and is the most detailed picture of Saturn and its rings.

9. Martian Sunset

This picture was taken of the sunset from Mars, by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in May of 2005.

10. The Milky Way

This picture was taken by the NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, and is of the Milky Way. It shows hundreds of thousands of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. This is such a special picture because this region cannot be seen, because of the dust between the earth and the galactic centre.

Feel free to check out my blog, A Blogger’s Books for more links to Space pictures.

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  1. Ben Says...

    On October 6, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Jaw-dropping, heart-tugging…amazing photos. Especially the classic Earth photo and the martian sunset.


  2. Abdulhadi Hairan Says...

    On October 7, 2007 at 8:51 am

    Amazing pics. Thank you Anne.


  3. Nelson Doyle Says...

    On October 7, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Very nice photos. They are truly amazing creations.


  4. lizzie 2 uk Says...

    On October 8, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Amazing pictures


  5. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On October 30, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Thank you everyone!


  6. Samuelkaplan Says...

    On November 19, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Very nice pictures, keep it up ;) !


  7. qader31br Says...

    On December 11, 2007 at 1:05 am

    amazing pictures. breath taking.


  8. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On December 13, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks Samuel and Qader31br, I’m glad you liked it.


  9. Angelo Martinez Says...

    On December 19, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for posting Anne
    Thanks for making them God


  10. Maria Says...

    On January 8, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    These are absolutely amazing pictures. Thanks Ann!


  11. Maria Says...

    On January 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Did you take these yourself?


  12. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On January 9, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for the comments everyone!

    Maria, was it so obvious? I can’t tell how you’d know I took these. Mind you it did take me about 10 years to get it all done. (I suppose that you’re pulling my leg Maria, very funny! As is mentioned in the article, the pics were taken by various Nasa Spacecrafts)


  13. Erica T Barton Says...

    On February 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Wow…great pictures. The first one is definitely my favorite.


  14. IcyCucky Says...

    On February 4, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Oh dear me, how could I have missed this wonderful and beautiful article? Absolutely a great article, Anne..


  15. toni Says...

    On February 6, 2008 at 5:16 am

    jesus is a very good artist,,.


  16. Sean Christopher Neri Says...

    On February 13, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Amazing pictures!!!


  17. Deep Says...

    On February 13, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Ann, These pics are absolutely great ones. Awesome !!! I think you are an art lover…limitless art lover. I like and adore you


  18. Deep Says...

    On February 13, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Ann, These pics are absolutely great ones. Awesome !!! I think you are an art lover…limitless art lover. I like and adore you


  19. Deep Says...

    On February 13, 2008 at 3:26 am

    Ann, These pics are absolutely great ones. Awesome !!! I think you are an art lover…limitless art lover. I like and adore you


  20. Shining Star Says...

    On February 23, 2008 at 12:54 am

    John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.
    John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    God’s creation is awesome!


  21. ezza Says...

    On March 26, 2008 at 3:48 am

    take more picture into 20 most awesome pictures!!!!


  22. Sherry,Apr.1,2008 Says...

    On April 1, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Absolutely the most amazing and thought provoking pictures I’ve ever seen. They make me want to go back to school and study astronomy. There is no doubt in my mind there are other civilizations out there. Where can I obtain these pictures suitable for framing? 16 x 16 would be perfect for my walls. Thank you for sharing these awe inspiring pictures.


  23. fatima zafer Says...

    On April 20, 2008 at 10:48 am

    THIS IS SUPPER DUPPER COOOOL!!!!!!!!BUT I NEEDED MORE PICTURES!
    I AM GETTING A BIT BORED BY THIS AFTER 19975544 YEARS WATHCING THE SAME PICTURES!


  24. nobert bermosa Says...

    On April 28, 2008 at 10:17 am

    very very nice pictures,
    thanks Anne


  25. Dee Huff Says...

    On April 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Just fabulous. It’s all quite amazing and awe inspiring.


  26. Barbara Says...

    On May 7, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you.


  27. Joe Paul Says...

    On June 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Great Pictures! Thanks Anne L. Garner


  28. phil h Says...

    On June 13, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    truly amazing pictures the eclipse of saturn is out of this world. . . . . .literally


  29. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On June 13, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone, I am putting together another installment of some more fabulous Space pictures.


  30. Rob UK Says...

    On August 13, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Stunning Pictures, Looking forward to seeing the next ones. Thanks.


  31. brian gilbert Says...

    On September 25, 2008 at 6:47 am

    fantastic picturs well presented. just love them all


  32. Subash Beharie Says...

    On October 7, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    After seeing these pictures, I can’t stop thinking about the movie Horton!
    Those that have not – go check it out. Great fun for the entire family.

    Our planet too is but merely a spec in this great space.

    We must make the best of it!!!


  33. Jo, Fl. USA Says...

    On November 9, 2008 at 8:44 am

    After viewing parts 4 and 3 of this series, I have to say I’ve truly enjoyed the visit.
    Each of the photos are spectacular and the information give beneath each is a plus. I especially appreciate how you describe what the viewer is looking at.

    Great work.


  34. Atheist Says...

    On November 12, 2008 at 5:42 am

    There we go again… People trying to see God in these pictures. Tsk, tsk, tsk…


  35. Anony Mous Says...

    On November 14, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Yep, God do exist even without these pictures. No need to prove it to you coz you wont believe anyway. Peace


  36. DJ Says...

    On December 2, 2008 at 3:36 am

    I still think “Pale blue dot” is the best space pic. And tell me again why people think the delusions of some guys in a tent in the desert 2,000 years ago has anything to do with these awesome pics?


  37. Anne Lyken Garner Says...

    On December 3, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Atheist and DJ, I’m sure that you’re convinced that you have a right to your beliefs. This is fine, because we all have a personal freedom to believe what we want.

    It follows therefore, that others have an equal right to believe what they want. Is this not so? Aren’t we all equal in our rights?

    I think you may answer yes to this, because you are decent human beings.

    Consequently, it is wrong (and even abusive of you) to behave as though we who believe in God are of a lesser value to you.

    No one has written negative comments about atheists here, so I will not have atheists write negative comments about believers.

    Thank you for taking the time off to comment. I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

    Best wishes,
    Anne


  38. TurboLung Says...

    On December 8, 2008 at 8:13 am

    seriously dude, how old are you and what is your IQ? please stop with the silly quotes from a book that is incoherant and has more holes than a siv.

    “20 by Shining Star, Feb 23, 2008
    John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.
    John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”


  39. gerard Says...

    On December 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Jesus who made this


  40. BuckWheet Says...

    On December 20, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Wow!!! Cool photos, want more, want much more. More Anne, more!!!!


  41. Bill M. Tracer Says...

    On January 12, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    A wonderful collection of space images. Your additional data along with each picture was especially welcomed, and informative. I’ve held a long term fascination with astronomy, and in all the stuff I’ve read, I have yet to come across anywhere else the Valles Marineris theory that it “was created within a very short space of time by a large electric force sweeping the surface of Mars.”

    Wow, what a vivid theory. Thank you for sharing that piece of information. Do you know anything about who first proposed that theory? I’d sure like to read more about it.

    It makes me want to brainstorm about what might be the possible source of this huge electric force. Electric storms on Mars don’t appear to be quite that fierce. So the source would have to be something much larger, and perhaps of a high technological nature, which naturally brings to mind a massive and highly compressed electromagnetic beam weapon, cutting a great scare on a planetary scale. A “science fictiony” idea to be sure, but if the case, then what we have in Valles Marineris is ancient physical evidence of a planetary changing war on Mars that left the planet scared. A bizarre thought, but a provocative one just the same.


  42. Samuel A. Barge jr. Says...

    On February 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Awsome simply Awsome!!!!


  43. sideways pete Says...

    On February 25, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    if you put glue on all of them would they change colors?


  44. sideways pete... Again! Says...

    On February 25, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    the snack componys feel the need to endanger our lives by putting small plastic rappers on their fruit role ups.
    i am leaving the house as soon as i am done hear to start a pettition for a boycot on all fruit snacks. if you would like to sign it please leave your name and adress and i will have someone come by to get your signature.

    please help me keep the children of this nation safe.

    ps DEW THE DEW!


  45. Jeff Hardy Says...

    On March 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    CCCCCCCCCCCCOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL


  46. gospelman13 Says...

    On April 8, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    AWESOME PICTURES, THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING THEM WITH US! I especially liked the EYE of GOD


  47. clay Says...

    On July 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    wonder how they got there


  48. Christian Says...

    On September 6, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Awesome pictures…
    I agree with all who confirmed my suspicion that God is real.
    How is it that you look at this creation and do not believe in a creator….?
    Is there one?
    I certainly believe so and undoubtedly there is no word standing against that.
    I hope everyone will enjoy God’s creation as I do…


  49. Lucas Dié Says...

    On September 28, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Absolutely fantastic!


  50. chiya Says...

    On December 24, 2009 at 5:17 am

    this is toching photos. they all are right about this pic………/
    i have no word . its’s good…………………!


  51. RALPH Says...

    On December 24, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    GODS EYE IS AWESOME THERES THE PROOF!!


  52. cassie Says...

    On December 29, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    i truly believe these pictures are real,and i strongly feel that god has created these amazing sights in outer space.


  53. AYANA C. Says...

    On December 30, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I BELIEVE ARE REAL JUST LIKE MY FRIEND CASSIE. I AND HER WOULD BOTH REALLY LOVE TO GO TO OUTER SPACE TO SEE THESE.THAT IS WHY WE BOTH LOVE THEM.


  54. ayana Says...

    On December 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    hey


  55. ayana Says...

    On December 30, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    cassie?


  56. katelyn Says...

    On January 6, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    these are the most awsomest pictures i have ever seen from outer space they are beautifull pictures


  57. john Says...

    On January 17, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Absolutely mind-boggling


  58. parsi Says...

    On January 18, 2010 at 1:41 am

    thanks! Nice photos. thanks for sharing. Good day!


  59. Dayly Says...

    On January 21, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    that is just amazing. Gods best work!


  60. CASSIE AND AYANA Says...

    On January 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    these pictures are so cool, i can not stop looking at them.neither can i i really do think these pictures are the most beautiful picture ever


  61. kathryn Says...

    On February 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    i looked at that mars sunset and couldnt help but think that something survives there, the eye of god was aweinspiring!


  62. Alex Laureano Says...

    On April 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Hard to beleive we are the only one\’s out there.


  63. LA P3RV Says...

    On April 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    NICE PICTURES!!! ESPECCIALLY THE HELIX NEBULULA…. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK


  64. lazy Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Those are very cool pictures


  65. Trevor Says...

    On June 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    i really love outer space it is really buttful


  66. martha Says...

    On August 23, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I loved the pituer of the eye that weas my faveriote out of all of them i hope to see more of outer space keep it up


  67. kikat Says...

    On August 23, 2010 at 10:39 am

    god is a good artist i loved the one whith outer space and the eye will guess what i loved them all god bless you hope to see more


  68. Amardeep Says...

    On September 17, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Stunnong photoes Anne, I loved it very much. It convinced me a lot. Keep it up. If you can please send me more information through e mail then I will also reply you. Keep it up.


  69. kayla Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 1:08 am

    BEAUTIFUL pictures… ever since I was 5 years old I have read space books, but these pictures are so much more beautiful and awe inspiring. Thank you soo much. Cant wait to see more!


  70. rivet32 Says...

    On November 17, 2010 at 1:24 am

    beautiful photos :) )) The earth is spectacular; seeing Africa and Arabian Peninsula just made me stare in awe for a minute. Great job!


  71. Busani Says...

    On March 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    i surely bealive in god this are best pic s thanks 4 puting them


  72. XxforeverhugsxX Says...

    On July 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    awesome!!


  73. Ekansh Says...

    On July 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Vow…!!! Awesome pics..love them..


  74. Eze Nwokoma Says...

    On February 18, 2012 at 4:54 am

    THE EARTH INDEED IS THE LORDS AND THE FULLNESS THEREOF… WHAT AN AWESOME GOD!… SIMPLY AMAZING.


  75. hassem Says...

    On March 5, 2012 at 9:20 am

    IF….i can go to outer space!!!!!!i will get many pictures in there!!! i wanna go outer space because i can see the surface of the earth ….and what is the face of solar system!!!!!!that pictures is so3x amazing !!!


  76. hassem Says...

    On March 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

    IF….i can go to outer space!!!!!!i will get many pictures in there!!! i wanna go outer space because i can see the surface of the earth ….and what is the face of solar system!!!!! awesome pictures


  77. Edward Arce Says...

    On July 26, 2012 at 1:18 am

    The birth is how it shaped 2 what I (?) say, But I will guess Correct!

    Eá 2Li* jJ


  78. Jasonwriter Says...

    On September 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Great Pics, I hope you don’t mind if I put some of these on my facebook page: http://www.facebook/TeslaIsElectrifying

    ~ Jason


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