27 absolutely stunning photos of our universe

27 absolutely stunning photos of our universe

, Aug. 18, 2017, 11:32 AM,http://www.thisisinsider.com/breathtaking-stunning-beautiful-photos-universe-space-2017-8

On August 21, you'll be able to stream the "first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years" live on Facebook. If you live in the US, you can also just walk outside and look up — as long as you're wearing a pair of protective glasses, that is.

Solar eclipse aside, there's a special sense of wonder that comes from gazing at the stars and mulling over space's many mysteries. To get a closer look at our universe, INSIDER combed through the archives of two of NASA's Great Observatories: the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

From supermassive black holes to interacting galaxies, here are the 27 most breathtaking photos of space we found:

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NASA/Getty Images

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Located in the Scorpius constellation, the open cluster Pismis 24 is home to several massive stars.

An open cluster is a group of stars — often a few hundred or thousand — that are held together by mutual gravitation.

Lucy Yang

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Lucy Yang is an editorial intern on the INSIDER team covering tech, gadgets, and design.

Previously, she was a freelance editorial account manager at Prose Media, a content marketing agency. Before that, she was a content & research intern at Partnered, a B2B tech startup.

She graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a double major in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) and Psychology.

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