MY KNOWLEDGE of astronomy is very limited, but I don’t need to know the names and locations of galaxies, planets, and star clusters to enjoy the beauty of a starry sky. However, to observe skies like the ones photographed below, there’s one thing you’ll need to do: step away from urban areas and the light pollution they produce, and take a trip to the countryside. I promise you that you will be humbled by the immensity and beauty of our universe.

The Milky Way

Photo by Ryan Hutton

Photo by Greg Rakozy

Photo by Hunter Bryant

Northern Lights

Photo by Vincent Guth

Photo by Paul Morris

The Moon

Photo by Sam McJunkin


Photo by Mark Basarab

Photo by Teddy Kelley

Photo by Ben White

Five-billion star ‘hotels’

Photo by Bobby Burch