35 Stunning Hi-Res “Public Domain” Astronomy Images

by Jay Hilgert
on February 10, 2009

In the wake of Shepard Fairey’s debacle with the AP over the rights to the image he used as reference/inspiration for his wildy popular Obama poster, I wanted to share a list of Public Domain Licensed images, in this case, astronomy. Fairey’s situation should hit home with all pixel junkies out there and remind us that we have to pay close attention to the licenses associated with the images we use in our design work. I’ve compiled a list of beautiful, inspiring astronomy images that all have a Public Domain License.

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Astronomy intrigues me. I’m a regular APOD surfer. I love reading about space, and the images of the universe, I find inspiring. Here’s a list of “Public Domain” astronomy images that I put together, all of which I found on Wikimedia. If you aren’t familiar with Wikimedia, it doesn’t have a stellar (pun intended) selection, but it’s a very good source of Public Domain and GNU licensed images. So here we go, let’s start off the list with none other than our very own blue marble.

Earth

Full resolution: 3,000 × 3,075 pixels

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Full resolution: 2,048 × 2,048 pixels

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Full resolution: 2,048 × 2,048 pixels

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Full resolution: 3,000 × 3,002 pixels

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Full resolution: 1,696 × 2,074 pixels

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Full resolution: 2,458 × 2,458 pixels

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Full resolution: 2,400 × 2,400 pixels

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Full resolution: 3,097 × 3,000 pixels

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The Moon

Full resolution: 1,280 × 978 pixels

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Full resolution: 2,560 × 1,920 pixels

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Full resolution: 1,986 × 1,986 pixels

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Mars

Full resolution: 2,000 × 2,000 pixels

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Full resolution: 1,552 × 1,552 pixels

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Mars’ moon Phobos

Full resolution: 3,374 × 3,300 pixels

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Saturn

Full resolution: 2,766 × 1,364 pixels

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Full resolution: 4,000 × 2,527 pixels

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Full resolution: 8,888 × 4,544 pixels

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Saturn’s moon Rhea

Full resolution: 4,920 × 4,820 pixels

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Venus

Full resolution: 4,096 × 4,096 pixels

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Jupiter

Full resolution: 2,260 × 3,207 pixels

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Galaxies

Full resolution: 6,200 × 6,200 pixels

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Full resolution: 1,730 × 1,428 pixels

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Full resolution: 5,302 × 3,805 pixels

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Full resolution: 4,014 × 3,865 pixels

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Full resolution: 3,000 × 2,016 pixels

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Full resolution: 6,637 × 3,787 pixels

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Full resolution: 6,000 × 4,690 pixels

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Full resolution: 3,915 × 3,885 pixels

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Full resolution: 11,472 × 6,429 pixels

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Full resolution: 8,952 × 6,213 pixels

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Nebulae

Full resolution: 6,000 × 2,906 pixels

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Full resolution: 3,601 × 4,004 pixels

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Full resolution: 4,806 × 3,364 pixels

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Full resolution: 3,182 × 1,282 pixels

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Full resolution: 18,000 × 18,000 pixels

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About Jay Hilgert

Formally trained at Oklahoma State, Jay Hilgert is a graphic and web designer, font designer (Link), software developer (Brush Pilot™), and the founder of BittBox.

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