32 Of The Most Astounding Images Recovered From Deep Space

Published March 7, 2012
Updated November 19, 2019
Andromeda Galaxy
Bubbly Nebula
Calabash Nebula
Cloud Boomerang Into Milky Way
32 Of The Most Astounding Images Recovered From Deep Space
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Space is a wondrous place beyond our realm of understanding, and we've only begun to explore it even though it's been six decades since Russia launched the first artificial satellite — called Sputnik — into space.

Fortunately since then, we've had countless advances in space technology which have allowed us to explore our galaxy and beyond in ways we could have never imagined. The result of these deep-space explorations have conjured up incredible images from space, from the rocky uninhabited surface of Mars to the clashing of galaxies light years away.

Discovering Amazing Objects In Space

Among the space objects captured by the satellites launched from Earth are planetary nebulas, glowing clouds made out of dust or gas and, surprisingly, do not involve any planets as the name suggests. The misnomer term was coined by William Herschel, who thought the newly discovered gassy objects resembled Uranus, which is essentially a giant ball of gas itself.

The first planetary nebula discovered was the Dumbbell Nebula, M27, by Charles Messier in 1764. Roughly 10,000 of these glowing objects are estimated to exist in the Milky Way alone, and only about 1,500 of them have been discovered thus far.

In this gallery of space pictures, you will find different kinds of nebulas — some more gaseous than others.

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