Pictures of stars with cool astronomy quotes

Showcasing cool pictures of stars from around the world taken from various photographers on clear nights along with famous astronomy quotes. The night sky has always been what inspired a sense of wonder in us, inducing a proper sense of scale and place. We gaze in awe of a shooting star, the planet Venus or even the Milky Way and the night sky has always provided endless fascination for both professional and casual observers. A sense of wonder comes from viewing the universe in all its splendour, while we contemplate the grandness of nature and the apparent uniqueness of our place in it.


The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us—there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, or falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.

Carl Sagan, first paragraph of Cosmos , the book that accompanied the TV series of the same name. It quickly became one of the best selling science books in the English language. 1980.


“For every one, as I think, must see that astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another”.
Glaucon, the older brother of Plato, in Plato’s The Republic, c. 380 BCE




“Astronomy taught us our insignificance in Nature”.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, published 1904.



“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. . . . We see the universe the way it is because if it were different, we would not be here to observe it”.
Stephen Hawking, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Washington Post newspaper, 15 April 1988.


“Astronomy? Impossible to understand and madness to investigate”.
Sophocles, c. 420 BCE




“From our home on the Earth, we look out into the distances are strive to imagine the sort of world into which we are born. . . . But with increasing distance our knowledge fades, and fades rapidly, until at the last dim horizon we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be suppressed”. 
Edwin Hubble, last paragraph of his last published scientific paper, ‘The Law of Red Shifts (George Darwin Lecture),’
“The boundary condition of the universe is that is has no boundary”.
Stephen W. Hawking, A Brief History of Time , 1988.


“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”.
Sarah Williams, last lines of the fourth paragraph of the poem The Old Astronomer to His Pupil. Exact date unknown.


“Those who study the stars have God for a teacher”.
Tycho Brahe
“No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars”.
Quintus Ennius


“Astronomy, as nothing else can do, teaches men humility”.
Arthur C. Clarke, The Challenge of the Spaceship, 1959.


“Astronomers, like burglars and jazz musicians, operate best at night”.
Miles Kington, Welcome to Kington, 1989.




“The purpose of life is the investigation of the Sun, the Moon, and the heavens”.
Anaxagoras, 459 BCE




“Astronomy is the science of the harmony of infinite expanse”.
Lord John Russell



“If we do discover a complete theory [of the Universe] it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God”.
Stephen Hawking. ‘Mind of God’ was used in 1992 as book title by Paul Davies.

We hope you enjoyed these cool pictures of stars along with the famous astronomy quotes. Finally we end with this piece of stunning digital art by Alex Ruiz titled ‘Starry Starry Night’

Starry Starry Night by Alex Ruiz

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