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18 NASA Photos That Show Just How Spectacular The Universe Is

It can be hard to fathom just how vast our galaxy is. And we're but a single speck within a universe that many believe never ends. The best way to realize just how magnificent space is is to see it with your own eyes, and thanks to NASA, we can do just that. 

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The Hubble Space Telescope captures the death of a distant star.

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The star ends its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which ultraviolet light from the star turns into a light show. 

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The Hubble telescope captures the birth of a new star in our Milky Way galaxy.

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Saturn's hexagonal polar jet stream shines with the glow of reflected sunlight.

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Vivid glowing auroras are visible in Jupiter's atmosphere.

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Astronomers find what is likely one of the most extreme pulsars, or rotating neutron stars, ever detected.

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An astronaut aboard the International Space Station captures a marvel closer to home, a fiery South Atlantic Sunset.

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A cluster of young stars - about one to two million years old - shine brightly 20,000 light years from Earth.

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The Supermoon as seen from space.

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The sun throws off charged particles in an incredible light show.

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The icy surface of Enceladus.

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An astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured a cloudy morning over the Atlantic.

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Astronomers capture one of the brightest exploding stars in more than 400 years.

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Jupiter's south pole is captured from below.

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The Rotten Egg Nebula, named so because it contains a lot of sulphur, as seen from 5,000 light-years away.

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The Hubble Space Telescope shows part of the sky in the constellation of Sagittarius.

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Radiation from hot, young stars energizes the cooler gas in the cloud that surrounds them, creating a cosmic 'winter' wonderland.

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The Virgo constellation, which is home to over 1300 galaxies.

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The southern constellation of Tucana glows in the night.

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