The universe that we call home is easily one of the most amazing, beautiful and miraculous settings that life has ever had the opportunity originate from. From our own planet Earth to the ancient cosmic reaches that lie beyond our grasp, this universe is nothing short of incredible. And the people within it can be quite incredible, too.
Take a look at these 15 pictures that capture the essence of life and the world we live in today. Photographers from all over the world have given us the chance to witness some of the truly bizarre and remarkable phenomena that occur every day!
A turtle catching a jellyfish ride Nantucket Island, frozen waves Thought to be almost 4.5 billion years old, the Fukang meteorite A solar eclipse captured from space The tallest tree on Earth, Hyperion. It stands 379 feet tall and is close to 800 years old A snow-covered temple in Kyoto, Japan Molten lava spewing out near this brave kayaker in Hawaii The Orion Nebula - High resolution photo captured by telescope Thousand-mile-long shadows caused by clouds on the surface of Earth A fire opal that seems to have captured a brilliant sunset 'The Gates of the Dungeon' - Thor's Well, Oregon The vast and complex detail found in the human eye A pond frozen over in Switzerland. Have you seen frozen water like this? The sun like you've never seen it before--in ultraviolet The side of Earth that rarely gets any attention--The Pacific Ocean