Space Color Palette

Space is beautiful. No matter if you’re looking at an image of the solar system, a nebula or a galaxy… it is often quite a breathtaking sight. Now, we all know that most of the images we can see online are not real, as-you’d-see it-with-your-own-eyes images. They are reprocessed, touched up and edited so that we can actually distinguish the different nuances colors, contrast and give theses images a little bit of life. 

If you were to look at an image of a galaxy unedited, you’d probably just see a picture of a big luminous swirling disc with not much appealing. But with a little edit here and there, you can now distinguish gigantic waves of dust clouds, you can see how the light coming off bright stars is lighting the scene up… You can see the difference between hydrogen and other primal elements of the cosmos. 

We’ve decided to have a look at some of the most famous space images and decipher the 5 main colors that make up their (space) palette. We used the color palette generator from Canva for this.

And yes… this is how we like to have fun at StarLust.✨

Star Cluster Color Palette

This image of Westerlund 2 contains multiple colors, including: Old Rose, Light Steel Blue, Rosy Brown, Black & Dim Gray.
Westerlund 2

This image of the star cluster Westerlund 2 was taken by Hubble on its 25th anniversary. It really showcases the “aesthetic” of deep space objects. Credit: ESA/Hubble

Nebulae Color Palette

This image of the pillars of creation contains multiple colors, including: Midnight Blue, Dark Olive Green, Darl Slate Grey. Tan, Gray.
Pillars of Creation

This is one of the most famous deep space nebulae thanks to this iconic picture taken by Hubble in 2015. Credit: ESA/Hubble

Galaxy Color Palette

This image of the pillars of creation contains multiple colors, including: Sienna, Rosy Brown, Black, Dim Gray.
Two Galaxies interacting

This image depicts the aftermath left by two galaxies colliding. They will eventually merge into one. The cosmos is huge but encounters do happen. Will it influence their color? Credit: ESA/Hubble

Bubble Nebulae Color Palette

This image of the pillars of creation contains multiple colors, including: Teal, Midnight Blue, Dark Slate Grey, Rosy Brown, Medium Turquoise.
NGC 7635

This image was taken by Hubble on its 26th birthday. The colors correspond to blue for oxygen, green for hydrogen, and red for nitrogen. Credit: ESA/Hubble

Lagoon Nebulae Color Palette

This image of the pillars of creation contains multiple colors, including: Darl Olive Green, Rosy Brown, Dim Gray, Light Slate Gray.
NGC 7635

The Lagoon Nebulae is a rather colourful in a cosmos where dark is the primary (non) color. Hydrogen is colored red and nitrogen is green. The blue hue is caused by the light from bright stars in the background. Credit: ESA/Hubble

Supernova Color Palette

This image of the pillars of creation contains multiple colors, including: Cornflower blue, Midnight Blue, Indian Red, Dark Olive Green, Light Steel Blue.
V838 Monocerotis

This image depicts the aftermath of a stellar outburst, precisely three years after the supernova happened. We can see a big star with a reddish hue in the middle, surrounded by swirls of brown dust clouds and other stellar materials. Credit: ESA/Hubble

Have you ever used a space themed palette for a project? Show us in the comments 🙂

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Hey! I’m Tom Urbain, the founder of StarLust.org. I have been obsessed with space from a very young age. When I’m not binge-watching space documentaries, movies or TV shows, I can be found in my backyard, carefully collimating my telescope… ready to observe the universe!

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