NASA Shares Gorgeous Gallery of Cosmic Imagery Ahead of Cosmos Premier


Tonight, at 9pm EST, more than 70 nations will broadcast the first episode in the 13-part remake of the show Cosmos. It will be the biggest launch ever for a global TV series.

But before Neil deGrasse Tyson takes over for the iconic Carl Sagan, explaining and enchanting a whole new generation by sharing the wonders of the our universe, NASA wants to get you excited in its own way.

Just like the agency did ahead of the Oscars, the NASA Goddard Photo and Video Flickr account has just uploaded a stunning set of 43 images that will hopefully inspire a bit of awe and get you that much more excited for tonight’s premier.

Some of these photos, like the Hubble Horsehead Nebula image, you’ve probably seen before. But even if all of these photos are familiar to you, you won’t regret spending a couple of minutes of your day letting our cosmos put our tiny world in perspective

Here’s a look at a selection of the images you’ll find in that Flickr set:











Rather than offer our own commentary on these photos, we’ll leave you instead with Carl Sagan’s famous reflections on the Pale Blue Dot photo:

Be sure to visit the full Flickr set to see the images above in high res, and browse through the rest of the pictures they’ve uploaded. And from now on, every week at 9pm EST on Sunday, follow @NASAGoddard and @NASAGoddardPix on Twitter as they live tweet pictures of the universe during Cosmos.

A big thank you to NASA Goddard Photo Editor Rebecca Roth for being awesome and getting in touch with us directly when they put stuff like this up.

  • Scott M


  • Broseph of Arimathea

    Holy hell.

  • David

    Espetacular. Fantástico!

  • Valenten Ov Pyrolysis

    awesome pictures !

  • David Liang


  • pachrismith

    And this all came about through chance and accident. That can be no less improbable than my convictions,

  • 16rpark18

    …your convictions includes magic– so anything is probable.

  • Reb

    Psalms 19
    The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship. Day and night they keep on telling about God. Without a sound or word, silent in the skies, their message reaches out to all the world. The sun lives in the heavens where God placed it and moves out across the skies as radiant as a bridegroom going to his wedding,* or as joyous as an athlete looking forward to a race! The sun crosses the heavens from end to end, and nothing can hide from its heat.

  • Ras

    Job 9

    8 Only God has stretched the heavens out and stalked along the seas. 9 He made the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, and the constellations of the southern Zodiac.

    In the book of Job, Job is angry with God and this is God’s reply to
    Job. In other words you aren’t so smart Job!

    Job 38

    31 “Can you hold back the stars? Can you restrain Orion or Pleiades? 32 Can you ensure the proper sequence of the seasons, or guide the constellation of the Bear with her satellites across the heavens? 33 Do you know the laws of the universe and how the heavens influence the earth? 34 Can you shout to the clouds and make it
    rain? 35 Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct it?

  • Cindy Burton