Stars in our eyes: Stunning images of nebula thousands of light years away captured by amateur astronomer

These amazing pictures of nebula thousands of light years from Earth have been captured by an AMATEUR astronomer.

Dr Dennis Roscoe snapped the beautiful celestial formations from his own personal observatory.

His telescope looks into deep space at the nebula, which show both the birth and death of stars, like our very own Sun.

The colorful nebula was captured by amateur photographer Dr Dennis Roscoe

The colorful nebula was captured by amateur photographer Dr Dennis Roscoe

The images show the wide variety of colours in deepest, darkest space, ranging from swirling clouds of pastel blues, flame red and bright green.

Dr Roscoe said: “Every time I photograph these beautiful nebulae I remember how insignificant we really are in the big picture of the universe.

“Through a deeper understanding of the cosmos, we can one day dispel all of our superstitions and find our true place in the universe.”

He uses a special telescope to identify the the beautiful celestial formations

He uses a special telescope to identify the the beautiful celestial formations

To capture just one single image requires 12 hours of imaging time using the Hubble colour palette.

This means eight 30 minute exposures are taken using three narrow band filters – ionized sulphur, hydrogen and oxygen wavelengths.

Dr Roscoe – an instructor at the University of Wisconsin Waukesha – has been operating his observatory in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin for the last 10 years.

The professor has explored many aspects of the cosmos, but has a particular love for nebulae describing them as like “cosmic recycling plants”.

Dr Roscoe said: "Every time I photograph these beautiful nebulae I remember how insignificant we really are in the big picture of the universe.

Dr Roscoe said: “Every time I photograph these beautiful nebulae I remember how insignificant we really are in the big picture of the universe.