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May 13, 2009

Images of the cosmos taken by Hubble


Hubble’s best images
Images of the cosmos taken by Hubble


Hubble's best images. BBC.

Pillars of Creation - Hubble's best images. BBC.

The “Pillars of Creation” is perhaps the most famous of the many images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The structures are columns of cool interstellar gas and dust that incubate new stars.

Cat’s Eye -Hubble's best images. BBC.

Cat's Eye - Hubble's best images. BBC.

Planetary nebulae like NGC 6543 form when Sun-like stars gently eject their outer gaseous layers. Better known as the “Cat’s Eye” nebula, this was one of the first such phenomena to be discovered.

Hubble's best images. BBC.

Eyeball - Hubble's best images. BBC.

A pulse of light from the red supergiant star V838 Monocerotis expands into space, reflecting off surrounding shells of dust to create a multicoloured “eyeball”.

Hubble's best images. BBC.

Cone Nebula - Hubble's best images. BBC.

In 2002, Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys captured this image of the Cone Nebula, a craggy-looking “mountaintop” of cold gas and dust 2,500 light years away.

Hubble's best images. BBC.

Messier 64 - Evil Eye - Hubble's best images. BBC.

The collision of two galaxies left the merged system, called Messier 64, with bizarre internal motions. A dark band of dust in front of the bright nucleus has given rise to its nickname of the “Evil Eye” galaxy.

Hubble's best images. BBC.

Sombrero - Messier 104 - Hubble's best images. BBC.

The majestic “Sombrero” galaxy, Messier 104, is one of the most photogenic of star systems. Its hallmark is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by thick dust lanes.

Hubble's best images. BBC.

10,000 Galaxies - Hubble's best images. BBC.

Galaxies stud this view from the Hubble Ultra Deep Field – the deepest visible light image of the cosmos. This core sample of the Universe cuts across billions of light years and captured some 10,000 galaxies.

Hubble's best images. BBC.

Ring Nebula M57 in 1998 - Hubble's best images. BBC.

Hubble took this picture of the Ring Nebula (M57) in 1998. A dying star floats at the centre of the blue haze of gas.

Hubble's best images. BBC.

Hourglass Nebula - Hubble's best images. BBC.

The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on Hubble took this picture of a young planetary nebula located about 8,000 light years away. It is better known as the “Hourglass Nebula” because of its shape.

Hubble's best images. BBC.

Crab Nebula exploded in a Supernova - Hubble's best images. BBC.

The Crab Nebula is the expanding remnant of a star that exploded in a supernova. This violent event was recorded by Japanese and Chinese astronomers in the year 1054.

Hubble's best images. BBC.

Cosmic Pearls - Hubble's best images. BBC.

The bright ring shown in this image of the supernova 1987A has been likened to a string of “cosmic pearls”. A supersonic shock wave unleashed by the stellar blast is heating a ring of gas, causing it to glow.


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