The Universe is Beautiful

Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

Every December I pick my favorite images from the previous year to display, a task that is extraordinarily difficult. I always wind up with a list of about 60 or 70, and I have to cull it down mercilessly. Such is the case this year again, and I could pare it only to 21, a score and more of gorgeousness for you to soak in.
— Phil Plait, slate.com