David Malin's Ancient Light
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Photographs by David Malin; Images courtesy David Malin/Phaidon Press | Image Permalink

Photographs by David Malin; Images courtesy David Malin/Phaidon Press | Image Permalink

Photographs by David Malin; Images courtesy David Malin/Phaidon Press | Image Permalink

Photographs by David Malin; Images courtesy David Malin/Phaidon Press | Image Permalink

The Horsehead Nebula

The wisp of dust and gas that composes the iconic Horsehead Nebula lies 1,600 light years away. Here, the data for Malin's famous three-color image is merged in grayscale into a delicate black-and-white picture.

The Antennae

These two spiral galaxies, NGC 4038 and 4039, have been colliding for the last million years, trailing long streamers of stars.

Galaxy M83 as a Negative

Astronomers study the negatives of astronomical photographs, like this negative taken of Galaxy M83, because more details are visible when the colors are reversed.

The Andromeda Galaxy

The Milky Way's nearest spiral neighbor is shown here in fine-grained black-and-white, with two companion galaxies in the lower-center and upper-right.

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