I have a huge fear of photos of certain things in space. Here's a list:

When I look at photos of these, my heart begins to race. I have a book with these photos in it and I can not look at it in bed or I fear I will have nightmares (I have had nightmares of me flying through space before).

Is there an explanation / name for a phobia similar to this? Thanks!

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    Where do you see these photos? Is it possible to just avoid looking at those things? Mar 29 '17 at 21:28
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    Yes, it is not serious enough to require a doctor IMO... I was really just curious
    – MCMastery
    Mar 30 '17 at 1:13

Welcome to Health SE!


I did a Google search for [ fear of space ] and looked at what appeared. I think that your phobia is called "astrophobia". See, for example, this Wiktionary definition.


You can try a Google search, and look at some of the results, to learn why phobias develop.


Like all phobias, and like all other anxiety disorders, your fear is treatable. See here.

If it's only a tiny problem, maybe you can treat yourself; post a new question asking how. Or you can pay a psychologist the full hourly rate to do the treatment.

If it's a bigger problem (e.g. if you're a primary-school teacher who's just been asked to teach an astronomy unit to your students), your medical insurance will likely cover the treatment. See your doctor.


P.S. I'm an IT consultant, not a doctor, so this answer may be full of mistakes.

  • In my opinion, a link to a reliable source stating that Astrophobia does exist and listing a few symptoms (although the term really is self explanatory) would be sufficient.
    – Narusan
    Mar 28 '17 at 19:05
  • I added a link to Wiktionary. Mar 28 '17 at 19:51
  • +1 as the answer is no perfectly suited for the question in my eyes and also for see your doctor. For the ones that don't believe Wiktionary, Astro phobia is also mentioned in this article of 1879 according to Google, although I haven't figured out the page number yet.
    – Narusan
    Mar 28 '17 at 20:16
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    @Narusan Page 11 (ctrl+f), thanks!
    – MCMastery
    Mar 28 '17 at 20:24
  • @Narusan: I linked to Google on purpose, because I was too lazy to read and choose a link. :) Mar 28 '17 at 20:42

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