Our world is an amazing place - with each passing second, something incredible happens. Luckily for all of us, there are professional photographers on hand to capture them for our viewing pleasure. Have you seen the latest, high resolution image of the Orion Nebula? Do you know what the world's tallest tree looks like? Well get ready, you're about to witness them in all their splendor. Here are 16 awe-inspiring photos that photographers were lucky enough to capture:
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A turtle hitching a ride on a jellyfish
At 379 ft, a giant sequoia named Hyperion is the tallest tree in the world.
The 4.5 billion-year-old Fukang meteorite was discovered in 2000.
A solar eclipse as viewed from space.
Birds glow a reddish hue as they make their way through thick, black smoke.
A temple in Kyoto, Japan, partially concealed by snow and trees.
The Earth covered by clouds thousands of miles long.
A kayaker makes his way downstream past lava flows in Hawaii.
This is one of the highest-resolution images of the Orion Nebula ever taken.
This fire opal contains what looks like a sunset inside a rock.
Thor's Well in Oregon, USA, appears to drain the Pacific Ocean.
An ultraviolet shot of the sun.
A thunderstorm out at sea in full swing.
When observed from this close, the detailed structure of the iris in the human eye is visible.
Ice looks like shards of glass on a pond in Switzerland.
This monk wore his foot prints into the floorboards after years of praying at the exact same spot.