An aurora lights up the South Pole
ABC News' photo editors have assembled a collection of some of the most stunning images taken of outer space. <br><br> A photo of aurora australis or the southern lights taken aboard the International Space Station, June 13, 2019.
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The Large Magellanic Cloud satellite galaxy
The Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, is pictured in this handout photo released on April 25, 2019. As the Milky Way's gravity pulls on the gas clouds of its neighboring galaxies they collapse to form new stars.
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First image of a black hole
Scientists revealed the first image ever made of a black hole after assembling data gathered by a network of radio telescopes around the world, April 10, 2019, by Event Horizon Telescope.
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This image of Jupiter's turbulent southern hemisphere was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft as it performed a a fly-by of the gas giant planet, Dec. 21, 2018. This perspective captures the notable Great Red Spot, as well as a massive storm called Oval BA. <br><br>The storm reached its current size when three smaller spots collided and merged in the year 2000. The Great Red Spot, which is about twice as wide as Oval BA, may have formed from the same process centuries ago.
The deepest view of the universe
This image called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, was released on Sept. 25, 2012. The photo was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs.
By collecting faint light over many hours of observation, it revealed thousands of galaxies, both nearby and very distant, making it the deepest image of the universe ever taken at that time.
The Crab Nebula
The Crab Nebula is remnant of a supernova, an exploding star, seen in this picture released on July 7, 2016.
Two of Saturn's moons
Saturn's largest and second largest moons, Titan and Rhea, appear to be stacked on top of each other in this true-color scene from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, June 16, 2011.
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A spiral galaxy
NGC 6814 is an intermediate spiral galaxy in constellation Aquila. In the center of the swirl is likely a black-hole.
The Cone Nebula
The Cone Nebula pictured here in April 2002, is a pillar of gas and dust. Ultraviolet light heats the edges of the dark cloud, releasing gas into the relatively empty region of surrounding space. <br><br> There, additional ultraviolet radiation causes the hydrogen gas to glow, which produces the red halo of light seen around the pillar.
The ACS Science Team and ESA/NASA
The Little Gem Nebula
NASA's Hubble telescope photographed this planetary nebula called NGC 6818, also known as the Little Gem Nebula, located in the constellation of Sagittarius, roughly 6000 light-years from Earth.
The Medusa Nebula
ESO's telescope has captured the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula. As the star at the heart of this nebula made its final transition into retirement, it shed its outer layers into space, forming this colorful cloud.
Little Sombrero Galaxy
The Hubble Space Telescope captured NGC 7814, a galaxy known as the "Little Sombrero." NGC 7814 a spiral galaxy 40 million light-years away in the constellation Pegasus.
Hubble and NASA/ESA
God's Hand Space Globule
CG4, pictured in this photo released on Jan. 30, 2015, is commonly referred to as God's Hand. CG4 is a cometary globule, a star-forming region made up of small clouds of gas and dust.
Sun releases a solar flare
The Solar Dynamics Observatory released this image of a solar flare on the sun, Jan. 12, 2015. A Solar flares is a sudden flash of increased brightness on the Sun caused by powerful bursts of radiation.
The Pillars of Creation
The aptly named Pillars of Creation, featured in this stunning Hubble image taken April 1, 1995, are part of an active star-forming region that sits at the heart of M16, or the Eagle Nebula.
The Earth is seen from the moon's surface
Contrasted against the stark, crater-marked lunar surface, the Earth is seen eclipsed by the moon in this photo taken by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders, Dec. 24, 1968.