Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is a NASA website that has been featuring pictures and videos highlighting the wonders of space since mid-June of 1995. These pictures range from real life pictures of space and over earth, to info-graphics depicting the science of merging black holes and other celestial marvels.
If you’re a fan of astronomy or just like really cool pictures, I’d definitely recommend checking out the APOD website and keeping up with the daily posts. But, if you don’t have the time to search through the APOD archive right now (because believe me, it’s worth it) and you’d like to see some awesome pictures, I’ve scoured every post for 2016 so far and compiled a sampling of what I found to be the 8 best pictures on APOD’s website so far this year.
Taken in Southern Australia, this pictures depicts the effects of a geomagnetic storm caused by our sun ejecting coronal mass into the solar system.
This award winning photograph from Iceland is a composite image that has been overlain with a map of the constellations.
This image from the international space station is an amazing view of the eastern seaboard of the United States as night falls across the face of the nation.
This image captures the “zodiacal light” emitted by this bright crescent moon behind these mysterious stone spires in the Nambung National Park in Western Australia.
A potential new type of cloud, the Undulus Aspertaus is a rare and even more rarely studied cloud structure.
This composite photo from Finland during the spring equinox, a time when auroras are particularly prevalent.
A beautiful night at the equator, this panoramic photo displays several prominent celestial features.
This photo here displays a rare alignment of celestial objects during one beautiful dawn off the coast of Spain.
There you go, some of the best images this year uploaded to the APOD archive! Don’t worry, there are plenty of other beautiful images. And considering the archive is just about 21 years old, and with a new image every day, there are well over 7600 images left for you to browse to sate your desire for awe inspiring pictures (and maybe a few new desktop wallpapers).
Also, if you’re a fan of NASA, check out this touching tribute to the recently passed recording artist Prince featuring a Purple Nebula