Monday is the cosmic wonder-killer. It's really hard to remember that we live in a beautiful, insane universe, crammed with astonishing miracles of creation. So as a public service, we're sharing some absolutely stunning images of galaxies in deep space. Look at these, and remember to reach for greatness!
Arp 227 (a shell galaxy named NGC 474 and the blue spiral galaxy called NGC 470) and NGC 467, surrounded by faint shells, an evidence of another interacting galaxy system, within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, some 100 million light-years distant.
(Photo by NASA/Stephen Leshin)
Galaxies on a Collision Course in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image, a small region of space in the constellation Fornax, photographed between September 2003 and January 2004 by the Hubble Space Telescope. This image contains at least 10,000 galaxies that existed between 400 and 800 million years after the Big Bang.
(Photo by NASA/ESA/S. Beckwith/HUDF)
Abell 2218, a galaxy cluster about 2.1 billion light-years from the Earth in the northern constellation of Draco. It not only magnifies the images of hidden galaxies, but also distorts them into long, thin arcs.
(Photo by NASA/ESA/Johan Richard)
Abell 68, a galaxy cluster about 2 billion light-years away. The fuzzy collection of blobs in the middle and upper left is a swarm of galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of stars.
(Photo by NASA/ESA)
A trio of galaxies often called the Draco Group, located in the northern constellation of Draco. From left to right: the edge-on spiral NGC 5981, the elliptical NGC 5982 and the face-on spiral NGC 5985, about 100 million light-years from us
(via NASA/Giovanni Benintende)