The unknown can be terrifying. And while we know more about space than we do our own oceans, there is still a lot we don’t know. These images prove that. Some of these photos are explainable through known science; some are still a mystery today.
Get ready because here are 25 Creepy Space Photos
In 2019, the Hubble Space Telescope caught a photo of two galaxies colliding. The way the image was captured makes it look like a face with glowing eyes. Spooky!
This arachnid-shaped nebula is, not surprisingly, called the Black Widow Nebula. This nebula acts as a nursery for baby stars.
This screaming face of fire is an x-ray image of the Perseus Cluster, a group of galaxies 240.1 million light-years away. The Perseus Cluster contains thousands of galaxies within a cloud of multimillion degree gas.
Well, this thing is hurtling around our solar system. If the shape of it isn’t enough to give you nightmares, just know that it’s passed really close to our planet a couple times.
2015 TB145 is an asteroid classified as “potentially dangerous.”
Could you imagine developing this shot? The photo becomes clearer, and this thing is STARING back at you. *shudder*
This 1996 image from the Hubble Space Telescope is of the Hourglass Nebula, roughly 8,000 light years away.
Imagine zooming away purposefully from the safety of the spaceship with nothing keeping you connected. That’s a big nope for me.
Astronaut Bruce McCandless II was the first person to use the Manned Maneuvering Unit as the only thing keeping him alive.
Thankfully, he was able to wow the world and return to the spaceship. This photo recently went viral, and it was taken in February 1984.
Jack o’ Lantern
Halloween is over for this year, but this photo makes me want to go back. In case you can’t tell, it’s a picture of our sun.
The sun’s active regions change constantly, and since the active regions give off lots of energy and light, they appear brighter.
Martian Burial Ground
Yes, it looks like a thigh bone, which really makes one wonder how it got there. Wonder no more. NASA explained that it’s simply a rock shaped by wind or water erosion.
While that’s a more likely story, it’s not as interesting as all the other creative stories we could come up with.
We’ve all seen pictures of the Giant Red Spot on Jupiter. This looks more like Giant Red Eye. The Hubble Space Telescope captured this one, and the pupil is the shadow of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede as it was passing by at just the right moment.
The long nose, pointy chin, and open mouth give the profile of a cackling witch. This formation is even called the Witch Head Nebula. It’s believed to be the remnants of an ancient supernova.
Face on Mars
While more recent images show that it’s nothing more than a lump of surface material, this 1976 image from NASA’s Viking I Orbiter looks eerily like a face. Some people thought that it could be an alien monument.
Cobweb of Light
Carbon star CW Leonis was shared by NASA in 2021 in honor of Halloween. This is the closest carbon star to Earth at 400 light years away.
Man on the Moon
Google Moon was designed by a collaboration between NASA and the tech giant, and it’s one of the most fascinating tech ever built.
Not only does it bring us amazing images that we’d otherwise never see, but it also gives us a bonus.
Here’s one of those mysterious bonus images. Although some people were convinced it showed something mysterious on the moon’s surface, ultimately experts confirmed it to be nothing more than a shadow or imperfection in film quality.
However, do you think that is a plausible answer or a coverup?
In 1972, astronauts on the Apollo 16 mission captured this photo from their spaceship. It was described as a “Saucer-shaped item with a dome on top of it.”
This peculiar object, resembling a UFO, baffles us with its many secrets still to be discovered.
Is it a space ghost reaching out for help? Is it going for a manicure?
No, it’s a Pulsar. A Pulsar is a super-magnetized Neutron star that has electromagnetic beams of radiation coming from its poles. This can create some strange structures using the material in its path.
Bright Light on Mars
NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover caught this image of a bright light on the Martian landscape. What’s interesting about this photo is that only one of the cameras caught the image.
The slower camera did not. If it shows up in one camera and then is gone in the next, that implies movement. The image has really sparked the interest of alien enthusiasts.
Incredibly, this image was captured on Mars. Call it what you will, but it looks like a bipedal humanoid who is in a hurry to get somewhere and unknowingly became a model for Mars photography.
Could it be an alien life form? Is it a statue put on the planet by aliens from another place? Or is it a rock formation caught at a certain light?
In 1996, Italy and the US took part in a joint mission.
A tether was sent into space to discover new sources of spacecraft power as well as research the outer reaches of our atmosphere.
Unfortunately, the experimental project failed. However, researchers still caught a video of an unidentified object floating around the tether. NASA has yet to explain what the object might be
So, uh…What’s in the pit?
Not sure I’d want to find out, even though it’s just a sunspot. This image was taken in 2010 by the Big Bear Solar Observatory. The surface of the sun shifts a lot – holes, flares, filaments…it all keeps moving.
1,200 light years away, close to the Cepheus constellation, is this gas and dust cloud called SH2-136. Apparently, it’s not that great a place as these space ghosts look like they are trying to escape.
Tycho was once a white dwarf, which is the remnants of a supernova. The dead star collected so much mass from a nearby star that it ended up exploding again. The official name for these zombie supernovas is a 1a Supernova.
Some objects spin really fast in space. Some even spin so fast that they take on a squashed, pumpkin-like appearance. These stars blast x-rays into space at a thousand times the rate as our sun.
The Tarantula Nebula
Several spindly-leg looking gas filaments give the Tarantula Nebula its name. This image of the nebula was taken from the Hubble in 2017. As a bonus, if you look in the lower left corner, you’ll see the Honeycomb Nebula
Eye of Sauron
How could anyone not immediately think of the Eye of Sauron or Lord of the Rings when they see this? This photo from the Hubble Space Telescope is the planet Fomalhaut B orbiting a star.
I don’t see a planet, do you? It’s probably Sauron after all.
In 2009, the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite traveled to the moon to study debris in one of the craters.
Researchers were shocked when this image was captured. It looks strangely like a building and has caused many to believe that maybe there is life out there after all.
There’s no record of humans building any such structures on that part of the moon. Some even speculate that the mission had a hidden objective of destroying the base.