Shooting for the stars: the otherworldly art of astrophotography – in pictures

The famous Horse Head nebula can be found in the constellation of Orion (the Hunter) and is a classic example of pareidolia, perceiving familiar shapes in unrelated objects. In this case, a cloud of dark dusty nebula obscuring the light from the gas clouds behind creates the familiar shape

From deep in the bush just outside Bathurst in Australia, Rodney Watters and Niall MacNeill bring the darkness of space into the light.

Using the alchemy of high-speed cameras, telescopes, and computer processors, the images created for their new book overcome the multitude of challenges involved in capturing celestial bodies light-years away.

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