Free cool space backgrounds from NASA

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When making an author website, you frequently need cool-looking backgrounds to put behind page sections.

Like this one here:

Our first anthology is now available for purchase!

The e-book version is now available on multiple platforms for $9.99.


See how there’s a James Webb telescope photograph of the Carina Nebula in the panel above?

I made the panel using the /Cover Gutenberg Block, then added the image of our new anthology as a /Media & Text Gutenberg Block.

Of course, you can still use background images on your website if you don’t have Gutenberg Blocks enabled on your website — or haven’t learned out to use them yet. For example, you can use Canva or GiMP or any other image editing tool to create your image panels, though you won’t have the cool parallax scrolling effect I’ve got above.

I’ve got a whole article on how to set up a featured panel here.

Pixabay has a collection of more than a thousand free backgrounds, which you can use however you want, including editing them or as part of commercial projects. And a few are space-themed.

But if that’s not enough space imagery for you, check out the NASA images site.

All NASA images are available for free, for any use — including commercial.

You can search for keywords like “Hubble” or “Webb” or “nebula.”

Or check out some of my favorites below. Click on any image to see the full-sized version and then right click and select “Save image as” to save to your computer.

The gallery above, by the way, was created with the /Tiled Gallery block.

MetaStellar editor and publisher Maria Korolov is a science fiction novelist, writing stories set in a future virtual world. And, during the day, she is an award-winning freelance technology journalist who covers artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and enterprise virtual reality. See her Amazon author page here and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, and check out her latest videos on the Maria Korolov YouTube channel. Email her at [email protected]. She is also the editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business, one of the top global sites covering virtual reality.