The natural beauty of our universe is absolutely astounding.* Whether they’re once-in-a-lifetime sights like supernovae, or just the everyday brilliance of the starry skies, humanity has been captivated by the heavens for thousands of years.* Even in the past decade, our understanding of our universe, and even our own galaxy has increased measurably, but we are still only scratching the surface of the mysteries of our universe.

In this post, we’ve rounded up 40 absolutely mind-blowing, breathtaking and stunning astrophotographs from the Hubble Space Telescope’s website,* From brilliant whirlpool galaxies to star clusters containing thousands, millions, possibly even billions of stars, and gaseous nebulae that will leave you breathless, you’ll be left in wonder by the beauty of the cosmos.

Hopefully you enjoy the post, if you do, check out HubbleSite’s full galleries, they have a ton more brilliant images.