December 16, 2016 3:48 PM EST

2016 was a year full of new discoveries and beautiful imagery coming from our universe. We saw new images of Saturn’s rings and even of the surface of our own moon. We got a deeper look into the structure of one of the brightest galaxies, and witnessed stunning views taken from multiple astronauts from the NASA, ESA, JAXA agencies as they circled our planet aboard the International Space Station.

TIME’s photo editors select the best and most stunning space images of this year.

Write to Kim Bubello at kim.bubello@time.com.

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