If the world is getting you down, look up. Astrophotography stands at the intersection of art and science. For some, it is a nobby. For others, it is a career. For everyone, participant or observer, it is a source of joy.

The global community of astrophotographers found at locations like AstroBin share comments, recognize successes, analyze failures, trade tips, and post new images. Since the outbreak of COVID, this hobby — with a built-in tendency to social distancing — has grown explosively.

Simply gazing through available collections of images — or better still, gathering our own — impresses us with the scope and beauty of…

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