All of space and time, and every form of matter and energy found within culminates into the wondrous expanse of life and everything that we know as the Universe. The majesty of the cosmos appears in all things known and unknown in this world. These include galaxies, stars, planets, moons, asteroids, nebulae, black holes, and many other things, some still yet to be discovered. Astronomers everywhere have dedicated their lives to discovering more of these incredible expansive phenomena.
Here are 15 pictures taken by the brilliant minds at NASA, Herschel Observatory and many others, to show you the magnificence of everything around us.
1. M31 and M33, two of the largest members in the Local Group of Galaxies, the Milky Way being the third, taken at Kitt Peak National Observatory
2. Collage of Andromeda and the Moon made to display the size of the Andromeda Galaxy in comparison to the moon, with both images taken separately at Kitt Peak National Observatory
3. A selfie taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at drill sites "Aberlady" and "Kilmarie."
4. A cluster of Stars at the Center of the Milky Way, our Galaxy, taken by the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Also known as the European Southern Observatory or ESO)
5. "Christmas Cove" a target rock discovered by the Curiosity Mars Rover, lying in an area on Mars' "Vera Rubin Ridge".
6. A cluster of Galaxies in the Centaurus Constellation, taken by Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO)
7. Reproduction of the Horsehead Nebula, taken by the Paranal Observatory
8. 360-degree Panorama of Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars, taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover
9. Image of the Hidden Secrets of the Carina Nebula, taken by European Southern Observatory (ESO)
10. Exposure of Interacting galaxies Arp 273, made visible in this image using a technique called pseudo-color.
11. Image of Rho Ophiuchi, a massive stellar nursery where billowing gas clouds give rise to the formation of new stars, taken from the European Space Agency's Hershel Space Observatory
12. Star-forming region of Cometary Globule CG4, taken by Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO)
13. Illuminated image of the dusty side of the Sword of Orion, taken from the European Space Agency's Hershel Space Observatory
14. Image of the Eagle Nebula, taken by the La Silla Observatory
15. The Large Magellanic Cloud, found in the Milky Way and visible to the naked eye from the Southern Hemisphere