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

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Photo by Ryan Hutton

Night skies

Photo by Greg Rakozy

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Photo by Hunter Bryant

Northern Lights

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Photo by Vincent Guth

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Photo by Paul Morris

The Moon

Night Skies

Photo by Sam McJunkin

Stars

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Photo by Mark Basarab

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Photo by Teddy Kelley

Night skies

Photo by Ben White

Five-billion star ‘hotels’

Night skies

Photo by Bobby Burch