17 gorgeous galaxies
Some of these galaxies look a little like colorful tie-dye experiments, others like Space Age Rorschach tests; you may even recognize a few from the posters that dotted your elementary-school science room. Take a moment and marvel at the scope and beauty of our universe in these stunning NASA images of the Milky Way and other galaxies.
Text by Chelsea Lin | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
If you get a chance, check out M42 in Orion and if your scope is good enough, you should be able to split the double stars.