Outer space is a big and cool (sometimes hot) place. While for millennia humanity has been able to appreciate its beauty through direct observation, more recently we've been able to use massive telescopes to get a better view of the cosmos.
We've decided to sift through the most remarkable photos of space (and from space) to bring to you the ultimate outer space article. Enjoy.
1. Andromeda Is Comin' Right For Us
This is one of the highest quality images of Andromeda Galaxy ever taken. This is the galaxy closest to us, roughly 2.5 million light years (780 kiloparsecs) away or the circumference of your Mom. Although farther in distance than our minds can possibly comprehend, in 4.5 billion years it will barrel right into our galaxy, merging into one larger structure like a Transformer.
2. Chilling In Space
Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II can be seen here free-floating over 100 meters from the safety of his spaceship. This was the first time an untethered flight was done, providing no recourse if something went wrong. Keep in mind that Bruce, along with the International Space Station, were soaring at around 17,000 miles per hour during this photo. What a boss.
3. Earth Squares Up With Saturn
That little dot on the bottom right is Earth, a full 888 million miles away from the beautiful gassy giant called Saturn. This photo was taken last year by the Cassini space probe shortly before it committed suicide by flying directly into Saturn.
4. Hubble 25th Anniversary Spectacular
What better way to celebrate your 25th anniversary than by taking a legendary photo of thousands of colorful stars floating in space? The cluster of stars is called Westerlund, which I think is also the name of a Rammstein song.
5. Ice, Ice Baby
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What you see here is Mars' southern pole, where there is a substantial amount of dry ice that covers the landscape. This CO2 is somewhere around 8 meters thick, and would be perfect for a Pepsi bottle bomb. This dry ice sublimates during the Summer before reappearing during the cold Winters.
6. Jeep Space
Get it? Jeep space sounds like deep space.
7. Jupiter With His Best Friend
Jupiter is just floating out there with nothing better to do. Kind of sad, but at least it has a moon to hang out with.
8. Nothing Really Matters
While an Apollo craft was soaring toward the Moon with a crew of astronauts on-board this photo was taken showing Earth floating out in the middle of the vastness of space, reminding us all that all our problems don't really matter.
9. Panorama Love
This panorama shows a sunset making love to the Milky Way. Very nice.
10. Pillars Of "Holy WTF Is That?"
These massive pillars are yuuuge. What you see are massive clouds of gas that over time will condense to lay birth to stars. Given that what you're looking at actually happened 7,000 years ago, by now some of those stars are probably already in existence.
11. Pluto Looks Like Ice Cream
While it might not be a planet, Pluto has feelings, too. So, in 2017 we had the New Horizons space probe snap some pretty photos of its surface as it did a fly-by. The result is the ice cream looking sphere you see above.
12. Rocket Man Blast Off
No, that isn't Jack's beanstalk. That's a plume of crystalized water vapor being left behind from a rocket that is GTFOing.
13. Solar Eclipse Gold
Don't look at it too long unless you want to lose your eyesight.
14. Stars For Days
This Hubble Space Telescope photo shows the Large Megellanic Cloud in its prime. Nearly every star in the photo was recently birthed. Think of it as a nursery of stars.
15. The Boot
And now as we conclude this gallery we arrive back on Earth with a spectacular light show in Italy. Earth isn't so bad after all.