When it comes to the Universe itself, perhaps no better views have come, ever, than those from the Hubble Space Telescope. Across a myriad of objects, Hubble’s eyes have shown us the Universe as we’ve never seen it before.
Here are 20 of its finest moments.
Galaxy clusters: The most massive bound structures in the Universe, these contain anywhere from a handful up to thousands of Milky Way-sized galaxies. From incredibly deep views in space to bent light by their gravity, to individual galaxies speeding through them, Hubble offers views like no other.
Nebulae: Originating when gas either collapses or gets shocked and heated, these dense configurations attempt to give rise to new stars, while the surrounding environment works to boil the gas off. The race is on.
Individual stars: Whether newborn, middle-aged, or a dying corpse, stars are the building blocks of everything that makes the Universe what it is.
Planetary nebulae: Every star will someday die. These stunning visual examples highlight what might happen to our Sun.