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

New view of the blue marble

Furthest-ever image of the universe

9 billion pixels of the Milky Way galaxy

The view 50 million light years away

Adam Block / Via

A not-so-dark “dark core”

A twister on Mars

European panorma at night from the International Space Station

The “UFO galaxy”

Groundhog day on Mars

The Moon and the Milky Way

Thor’s Helmet revisited

Enterprise flying over NYC

Janus, one of Saturn’s creepy moons

The Pencil nebula

Coronal hole on the Sun

The slow death of R Sculptoris

Transit of Venus

Greg Scheiderer / Via

Transit of Venus up close

A rocket launch over an aurora

Overlapping galaxies

The remains of supernova W44

Orion over the Temple of Kukulkan

Stéphane Guisard / Via

Mars Rover Curiosity’s descent…

…and the long, lonely trek

Stars forming in the Carina nebula

Space Shuttle Endeavor cruising through L.A.

Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

The birth of stars in 30 Doradus

Perseid meteor shower

Thomas O’Brien / Via

Felix Baumgartner’s SpaceFall

Far away black holes

Orion’s crazy clouds

Josh Knutson

Aurora Australis (southern lights) from space

NASA/Joe Acaba / AP

Close-up of Saturn’s rings

Centaurus A galaxy


Hurricane Sandy from space

A cold fire in Orion’s belt

Electrical flashes seen from the International Space Station

New views of Eagle nebula

Phytoplankton blooms in the Atlantic

Mars Rover Opportunity selfie

Gaseous ejections from U Camelopardalis

New views of Helix nebula

The best space photos of 2012, everyone.

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