Stunning supernova pictures captured from back garden

This incredible series of photographs were shot from a back garden and show spectacular clouds of gas surrounding stars.

Eric Coles, 70, captured the stunning images, which are normally invisible to the naked eye, over the course of the last year from his home in Illinois, USA.

Eric Coles took the spectacular shots from his back garden

Eric Coles took the spectacular shots from his back garden

Using different filters on his five telescopes, he was able to bring out the shapes and patterns created by different gases that have absorbed energy from nearby stars.

Eric said: “I shot these images from the comfort of my back garden and because I love to see the pretty figures and shapes in the night’s sky.

“The gases, hydrogen, oxygen and sulfur, in these nebula adsorb the light energy from the nearby stares and re-emit it at very distinct wavelengths.

“My filters select for each of these wavelengths. So I take three separate images, usually on three separate nights to get the perfect images.

The clouds of gas are normally invisible to the naked eye

The clouds of gas are normally invisible to the naked eye

The 70-year-old uses five different telescopes to capture the phenomenon

The 70-year-old uses five different telescopes to capture the phenomenon

Eric said: "I shot these images from the comfort of my back garden and because I love to see the pretty figures and shapes in the night's sky."

Eric said: “I shot these images from the comfort of my back garden and because I love to see the pretty figures and shapes in the night’s sky.”