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    The sharpest view of the Orion Nebula © NASA/ESA/M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

Photography: Visions of the Universe proves just how awe-inspiringly beautiful outer space is

Posted by Maisie Skidmore,

There’s nothing like a photograph of outer space to remind you not to sweat the small stuff, and these ones from the Visions of the Universe exhibition, opening at the National Maritime Museum today, are particularly spectacular. Your flatmate used the last of your milk? Check out this photographic evidence of ancient water on Mars. You lost your travel-card? Here’s a picture of the butterfly nebula to soothe the pain.

Mindblowingly beautiful, the images on display illustrate our fascination with space, while simultaneously extolling the technological advances which have allowed our exploration of it. Taking many sights which would be impossible for the human eye to see alone, this exhibition uses space photography for the best possible purpose – to remind us just how enormously, unbelievably cool the universe is.

Visions of the Universe is at the National Maritime Museum from June 7 until September 15.

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    Andromeda Galaxy © Aggelos Kechagias, 2010

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    Astronauts repairing the Hubble Space Telescope © NASA

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    The sharpest view of the Orion Nebula © NASA/ESA/M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

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    Bright-layered rock deposits with evidence of ancient water © Malin Space Science Systems/MGS/JPL/NASA

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    Earthrise © NASA/Johnson Space Center Venus © NASA

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    Sky away from the Lights © Tunç Tezel, 2010

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    Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin on the Moon © NASA/photograph by Neil Armstrong

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    Star Trails, Blue Mountains © Ted Dobosz, 2009

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    Venus © NASA

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    The Sombrero Galaxy (M104) © NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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    The Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302) © NASA/ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

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Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Editorial Assistant Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.