10 Stunning Photos of Far Away Galaxies (Slideshow)

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Photo: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

Stargazing has been popular since that day our ancestors learned to look up at the sky and wonder, "what's out there?" Now, thanks to modern developments like space telescopes, orbiting satellites, high-tech space stations and observatories, we can see the universe (and our earthly home) like never before.

These stunning images of far away galaxies and other astronomical beauties -- and the fascinating stories behind them -- are for those who have never failed to be instilled with a sense of wonder, awe, and profoundness upon gazing up on a clear, starry night.

10 Stunning Photos of Far Away Galaxies slideshow