This Is How Scientists Colorize Images of Space (VIDEO)

File this under "you learn something new and cool every day." In the below video, Vox explains how those colorized images of space get their color.

Yes, many of those spectacular space images shot with telescopes actually start off as black-and-white photos.

"The Hubble Space Telescope only takes photos in black and white," Vox explains. "To make those beautiful space photos you've probably seen, scientists add the color later using a technique first developed around the turn of the 20th century that imitates how our eyes naturally perceive color."

Check it out and if it doesn't blow your mind (slightly), see our story from earlier in the week about a black-and-white photo that tricks your brain to see color where there is none. Boom!