50 Awe-Inspiring Reminders Of Just How Insignificant We Are

Prepare to feel tiiiiny.

One billion stars

Mike Read (WFAU), UKIDSS/GPS and VVV / Via ph.ed.ac.uk

New view of the blue marble

nasa.gov

Furthest-ever image of the universe

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9 billion pixels of the Milky Way galaxy

eso.org

The view 50 million light years away

Adam Block / Via skycenter.arizona.edu

A not-so-dark “dark core”

nasa.gov

A twister on Mars

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European panorma at night from the International Space Station

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The “UFO galaxy”

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Groundhog day on Mars

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The Moon and the Milky Way

eso.org

Thor’s Helmet revisited

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Enterprise flying over NYC

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Janus, one of Saturn’s creepy moons

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The Pencil nebula

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Coronal hole on the Sun

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The slow death of R Sculptoris

eso.org

Transit of Venus

Greg Scheiderer / Via seattleastronomy.com

Transit of Venus up close

nasa.gov

A rocket launch over an aurora

eos.unh.edu

Overlapping galaxies

nasa.gov

The remains of supernova W44

sci.esa.int

Orion over the Temple of Kukulkan

Stéphane Guisard / Via astrosurf.com

Mars Rover Curiosity’s descent…

photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov

…and the long, lonely trek

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Stars forming in the Carina nebula

eso.org

Space Shuttle Endeavor cruising through L.A.

cpgaeronautics.com

Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

The birth of stars in 30 Doradus

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Perseid meteor shower

Thomas O’Brien / Via tmophoto.com

Felix Baumgartner’s SpaceFall

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Far away black holes

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Orion’s crazy clouds

Josh Knutson

Aurora Australis (southern lights) from space

NASA/Joe Acaba / AP

Close-up of Saturn’s rings

nasa.gov

Centaurus A galaxy

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Hurricane Sandy from space

goes.gsfc.nasa.gov

A cold fire in Orion’s belt

eso.org

Electrical flashes seen from the International Space Station

apod.nasa.gov

New views of Eagle nebula

sci.esa.int

Phytoplankton blooms in the Atlantic

esamultimedia.esa.int

Mars Rover Opportunity selfie

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Gaseous ejections from U Camelopardalis

spacetelescope.org

New views of Helix nebula

eso.org

The best space photos of 2012, everyone.

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