Another year has gone by and left us with a stack of incredible, mind-blowing pictures of space. We’ve gathered the best of 2013’s images of stars, galaxies, planets, and nebulas into our second WIRED Space Photo of the Day collection.
We’re celebrating with a gallery of our favorites from among the 365 we hand-picked every day this year. Highlights include young stars being born in the Large Magellanic Cloud, new views of both the Andromeda Galaxy and Horsehead Nebula, and the achingly beautiful picture of Saturn above. Here’s to another amazing year of space photos and the never-ending wonder of the universe.
It’s not everyday you get to see a familiar face in a new light. The Horsehead Nebula, one of the most famous celestial objects, is known for its black color. But here we get to see it in infrared wavelengths, making visible many typically invisible features. As NASA wrote:
Looking like an apparition rising from whitecaps of interstellar foam, the iconic Horsehead Nebula has graced astronomy books ever since its discovery more than a century ago. The nebula is a favorite target for amateur and professional astronomers. It is shadowy in optical light. It appears transparent and ethereal when seen at infrared wavelengths.