NASA's Latest Pictures Of Space Remind Us Of How Truly Spectacular Our Universe Is. WOW!

To celebrate the premier of Neil deGrasse Tyson's new TV series, "Cosmos," NASA blessed the world with some new jaw-dropping images of celestial objects from our solar system and beyond. All of them are absolutely dazzling, but the picture of Mercury is too amazing for words.

1. Crab Nebula

An exploded star created this nebula, which was discovered first by the Chinese and Japanese as early as the year 1054.

2. Ring Nebula

Visible light from the Hubble Telescope and infrared data from Arizona's Large Binocular Telescope were combined to create this trippy composite image.

3. Cat's Eye Nebula

Eleven shells of gas make up one of the first nebulae ever to be discovered.

4. Spiral Galaxy

The bright colors in this formation tell us that stars are being formed left and right within it.

5. Saturn's Storm

This false-color image of Saturn's north pole shows a massive storm in bright red, with the planet's famous rings in a vivid blue at the corner of the picture.

6. Aurora

While this image  wasn't taken from space like the others, the phenomenon was caused by a coronal mass ejection from the sun on August 31, 2013.

7. Eta Carinae

This composite image of the binary star system is comprised of visible and ultraviolet light and was captured with the Hubble Telescope.

8. Red Dwarf Star

The red dwarf star EV Lacertae gave off a dazzling flare six years ago.

9. Saturn's Moons

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, can be seen from beyond its rings, while the much smaller Epimethius is found just above them.

10. Lagoon Nebula

This huge, mystical gathering of dust and gas acts as a birthplace for new stars.

11. Jupiter and Ganymede

Jupiter completely dwarfs its moon Ganymede, which is just about to disappear behind the planet.

12. Europa

Jupiter's sixth-closest moon, Europa, has an icy surface decorated with cracks and ridges.

13. Saturn's Auroras

Saturn's auroras, which take place hundreds of miles over its north and south poles, can last for days at a time. The ones seen on Earth only last a few hours on average.

14. Venus

This image from the video, "Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine" shows what happens when a planet like Venus doesn't have a strong magnetic field to deflect celestial objects. Luckily, Earth doesn't have that problem.

15. Mercury

While this is not how the human eye would see the closest planet to the sun, this color base map from the MESSENGER spacecraft give us a better idea as to the differences between the various rocks on the planet's surface.

16. 'Star Formation Laboratory'

10 million light years away is the NGC 4214 dwarf galaxy, which acts as a birthplace to stars of varying ages and stages of evolution.

17. Coronal Mass Ejection

When a piece of solar material broke through the sun's atmosphere and into space on August 31, 2012, its interaction with Earth's magnetic field caused dazzling auroras to appear in the night sky.

18. Centaurus A

Young, blue stars can be seen glistening among this galaxy's layers and layers of dust.

19. Andromeda Galaxy

330 ultraviolet images were compiled to create this surreal picture of M31, making it the highest-resolution ultraviolet image ever taken of the galaxy.

20. Mickey Mouse On Mercury?

In reality, the larger crater actually lies to the north of the two smaller ones, but it's hard not to smile at the familiar image created by objects smashing into Mercury's surface.

21. Aurora From Space

What would be seen from earth as a shimmery sheet across the sky is seen from space as a glowing green ring that was caused by a solar flare in 2005.

22. Supernova Remnant

A star that exploded 1,000 years ago caused this line of gas in our solar system.

23. Daybreak On Mars

Mars' Gale Crater, which has a mountain of strata that separates it from other craters around it, can be seen in this computer-generated image of the red planet.

24. Saturn

The planet famous for its rings is caught halfway between darkness and light in this tranquil image.

25. Jupiter

This bizarre closeup of the biggest planet highlights a new red spot that is beginning to appear on its surface.

26. Gas Falling Into A Black Hole

A computer-generated image shows us what happens when gas from a shredded star is sucked into a black hole. Kind of terrifying, right?

27. Cygnus X

This infrared image of the celestial region show bright spots of gas, where young stars are beginning to form.

28. Spiral Galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope took this image of the NGC 2841 galaxy, where stars both young (blue) and old (white) can be seen peppering the lanes of dust.

29. 'Black Marble'

Asia and Australia can be seen at night in a peaceful and beautiful image of our own planet Earth.

It's amazing that science and technology can give us images as amazing as these from lightyears and lightyears away.

Share this with your friends so that they, too, can appreciate the beauty of our vast universe!

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