Horsehead nebula

Photo: Robert Gendler/NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

It's easy to feel small when pondering the size of the universe and the smallness of Earth in comparison. Imgur user ScienceLlama has taken this existential crisis to the next level with this collection of itty-bitty universe photos.

To create these miniaturized space scenes, like the one above depicting the Horsehead Nebula, a faux tilt-shift effect was applied to the original source images in Photoshop.

By blurring certain areas, the images take on a rudimentary illusion of depth, as if the subjects are suspended in a small diorama box.

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Tadpole galaxy

Photo: Bill Snyder/Hubble Legacy Archives

Tadpole Galaxy

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Pencil nebula

Photo: ESO

Pencil Nebula

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Thor's Helmet nebula

Photo: Robert Gendler/NASA

Thor's Helmet Nebula

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Meathook Galaxy

Photo: ESO

Meathook Galaxy

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Centaurs A

Photo: ESO/WFI (Optical); MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al. (Submillimetre); NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al. (X-ray)


Centaurs A

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Crab nebula

Photo: Adam Block/Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter/U. Arizona

Crab Nebula

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Andromeda galaxy

Photo: Adam Evans/Flickr

Andromeda Galaxy

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.
8 miniature galaxies to shift your cosmic perspective
By blurring certain areas, the photos take on a rudimentary illusion of depth, as if the grand cosmic entities are suspended inside a small diorama box.