Ever since humans have been able to think and try to understand the world around them, they have looked to the stars. The ancients saw their gods, goddesses, and heroes in the shimmering points of light overhead. Others believed they could divine their fate and the fate of nations by studying the position of stars.
If only the ancients could see the wondrous images instruments such as the Hubble Space Telescope reveal for us now. The Universe is infinitely more strange and beautiful than our ancestors believed it to be. Here are five photos showing some of the most awe inspiring views taken so far of the Universe we call home.