Your direct connection with the stars and all of the space in between them. hide caption

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Even if we find other life out there, in the depths of space, life here will still be a rare gem that must be worshipped and preserved at all costs. ESO hide caption

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A bubble in space: Abell 39 marks the death of a star like the sun. Wind from the aging central star pushes into the surrounding interstellar gas, building up a dense shell that glows blue in this image. After 36 years of travel, the Voyager spacecraft is just now reaching the edge of the sun's own wind-blown bubble. WIYN/NOAO/NSF hide caption

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Gold exists, just as it really is, just as the physicist knows it to be, and that has nothing to do with us. Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Milky Way fills the night sky over Chile's Cerro Paranal, home to the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT). Y.Beletsky/ESO hide caption

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The Milky Way dominates the sky over Chile's Atacama Desert, home to the European Southern Observatory. John Colosimo/ESO hide caption

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This illustration shows the relative sizes of the habitable-zone planets Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c, Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and the Earth. NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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Cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) as observed by Planck. The CMB is a snapshot of the oldest light in our Universe, imprinted on the sky when the Universe was just 380,000 years old. Planck Collaboration/ESA hide caption

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Science has been working to shed light on the nature of the Universe for 400 years. Alberto Pomares/ hide caption

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