Michael Benson gives an account — in words and pictures — of a journey outwards, from nearby stars to nebulae to other galaxies to clusters of galaxies. The pictures alone are worth having a look at.
Beautiful? I don’t know that that even begins to describe it, but it certainly helps give me a great perspective on what these different regions look like.
The idea of zooming out and looking at things on larger and larger scales really appeals to me. In fact, I think the slideshow fills in a lot of gaps for something like this video… (and if you’re impatient, you may just want to start at the 3:30 mark or so)