As the year comes to a close, we look back on some of the most gorgeous night-sky pictures that took our breath away. From meteor showers to Milky Way, these photographers have braved difficult conditions to get the perfect shot of a marvellous night sky dotted with a million stars. Here are the best night-sky pictures that will make you grab your cameras and dash to your rooftops.
Shot by Sambit Dattachaudhuri, this picture truly makes our jaws drop. Captured on a clear night in Nako, Himachal Pradesh, getting a shot like this goes right into our bucket lists. The milky way zooms right across the sky, with Mars and Saturn glistening on its either sides. Enthralling, right?
Taken by Nitish Waila in Ladakh, this stunning photo captures the Geminids meteor shower that took place earlier last week. This is a frame right out of our dreams which appears like magic dust sprinkling over the frozen Zanskar. Look closely and see how many meteors you can count!
This enchanting shot of the famous Buddha statue in Langza, Spiti Valley has been captured by Vibhu Grover. The manner in which the statue towers right under the Milky Way is no short of magical. Do read the caption and check out the conditions he braved just to get this ideal shot.
Kanwar Pal Singh shows us the magic of a star-studded sky not once, but twice. Shot at Serolsar Lake, Himachal Pradesh, we love how the Milky way reflects on the crystal clear lake.
Who says you can capture a gorgeous night-sky only in the mountains? Here's a wonderful shot by Dev which shows a typical scene in Jaisalmer. We love the way subtle hues from the sunset add charm to this photograph.
George Mathew chases the Milky Way and captures it looking majestic beyond the silhouette of coconut trees. Look closely, you'll also see a shooting star!
Here's a fantastic shot of the super blue blood moon, the biggest astro-phenomenon that took place earlier this year. Shot over a period of three hours by Aman Bhargavar, this photograph depicts the moon in all its phases.
Isa Khan captures the Himalayan range of Uttarakhand looking splendid underneath a star trail. The faint trail adds volumes to the photograph, making Trishul, Nandakot and Nanda Devi look even more fantastic.
Fazil shows us a rare clear day of New Delhi where the full moon smiles above the lit-up Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Why stay in a 5-star when you can stay in a billion-star hotel? Sunny Gala says it right with this picture of the sky in motion at Rann of Kutch, Gujarat.
Apurb Singh says that mountains take us one step closer to the stars, and we couldn't agree more. Taken at Chandratal in Spiti Valley, the stars shining above the snow-capped mountains look absolutely stunning.
Aman Alam shows us how the night sky zooms above the frozen Zanskar on the Chadar Trek.
So what are you waiting for? Let these brilliant photographers inspire you to travel to a dark site in your city and capture the stars like never before. Don't forget to make a photologue on Tripoto so that you can showcase your work to the world!