Images From Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Telescope Image
Hubble Telescope Image
399256 01: Glowing dark clouds float in this undated recent image taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. These dense, opaque dust clouds - known as "globules" - are silhouetted against nearby bright stars in the busy star-forming region, IC 2944. These stars are much hotter and much more massive than our Sun. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
The Space Telescope Science Institute, which tells the Hubble telescope what to explore in outer space, is moving to the redeveloped Rotunda in Roland Park. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Space Telescope
401816 02: The Hubble Space Telescope is backdropped against black space as the Space Shuttle Columbia, with a crew of seven astronauts on board, eases closer March 3, 2002 in order to latch its 50-foot-long robotic arm onto a fixture on the giant telescope. As Columbia flew 350 miles above the Pacific Ocean southwest of Mexico, with astronaut Nancy J. Currie, mission specialist, in control of the arm and astronaut Scott D. Altman, mission commander, at the controls of the shuttle, the crew went on to capture the Hubble. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
The Space Telescope Science Institute, which tells the Hubble telescope what to explore in outer space, is moving to the redeveloped Rotunda in Roland Park. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Space Telescope photo of nebula NGC 3603
Hubble Space Telescope photo of nebula NGC 3603
In this stunning picture of the giant galactic nebula NGC 3603, the crisp resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope captures various stages of the life cycle of stars in one single view. (Photo by NASA)
Hubble Space Telescope photo of spiral galaxy NGC 4414
Hubble Space Telescope photo of spiral galaxy NGC 4414
The majestic spiral galaxy NGC 4414 as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Photo by NASA)
Hubble Space Telescope photo of spiral galaxy NGC 4414
Hubble Space Telescope photo of spiral galaxy NGC 4414
The majestic spiral galaxy NGC 4414 as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Photo by NASA)
Latest Hubble image
Latest Hubble image
This group of four galaxies, as photographed by the Hubble telescope, known as the Hickson Compact Group 87 (HCG 87), has been performing an intricate dance orchestrated by the mutual gravitational forces acting between them over a time span of hundreds of millions of years. These galaxies are so close to one another that gravitational forces disrupt their structure and alter their evolution. (courtesy of NASA)
Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
UNDATED FILE PHOTO: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope being refurbished during the STS 61 flight in this undated file photo. The Hubble Space Telescope suffered a system failure over the weekend that will leave it unable to transmit any pictures to Earth until the next, much-delayed, space shuttle mission, the space agency said on Monday, Nov. 15, 1999. (Courtesy of NASA)
Hubble Space Telescope Repair
Hubble Space Telescope Repair
402108 01: Astronaut James H. Newman moves while working in the Space Shuttle Columbia's cargo bay March 5, 2002 during an extravehicular activity (EVA) in space. Astronaut Newman and the rest of his crew are in space to try and upgrade some components of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Part of the giant telescope's base, latched down in the payload bay, can be seen behind Newman. (Photo courtesy NASA/ Getty Images)
Hubble Space Telescope Repair
Hubble Space Telescope Repair
402108 05: Astronauts James H. Newman and Michael J. Massimino participate in the first science instrument upgrade of the fourth Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission March 7, 2002 during the Space Shuttle Columbia's fourth day of extravehicular activity (EVA) in space. Astronauts Newman and Massimino and the rest of their crew are in space to try and upgrade some components of the Hubble Space Telescope. (Photo courtesy NASA/Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Columbia Work on the Hubble Space Telescope
Space Shuttle Columbia Work on the Hubble Space Telescope
403971 01: Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, payload commander, waves at a crewmate inside Space Shuttle Columbia's crew cabin during a brief break in work on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in the cargo bay of the shuttle during the STS-109 mission's third space walk, March 6, 2002. The primary purpose of the extravehicular activity (EVA) of astronauts Grunsfeld and Richard M. Linnehan was to replace the Power Control Unit on the giant telescope. (Photo by Getty Images)
Hubble Telescope Captures New Star Cluster
Hubble Telescope Captures New Star Cluster
392007 01: This image recorded by the Hubble telescope on July 10, 2001 shows two clusters of stars, called NGC 1850, located in a neighboring galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud. The photo''s centerpiece is a young, "globular-like" star cluster - a type of object unknown in our own Milky Way Galaxy. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Telescope Shows Globular Star Cluster
Hubble Telescope Shows Globular Star Cluster
391238 01: This photo shows a view from the Hubble Telescope released June 27, 2001 of the globular cluster M22. The giant space telescope uncovered tantalizing clues to what could be a strange and unexpected population of wandering, planet-sized objects. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Gamma-Ray Burst From Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Gamma-Ray Burst From Chandra X-Ray Observatory
392439 04: An image of NASA''s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope shows a halo of hot gas surrounding spiral galaxy NGC 4631 that is similar to the Milky Way galaxy, June 19, 2001. The orange color in the middle of the image represents ultraviolet radiation as observed by UIT, tracing massive stars in the galaxy. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble''s Panoramic Portrait of a Vast Star-Forming Region
Hubble''s Panoramic Portrait of a Vast Star-Forming Region
392439 05: An image from NASA''s Hubble Space Telescope of a vast, sculpted landscape of gas and dust where thousands of stars are being born, July 26, 2001. The star-forming region, called the 30 Doradus Nebula, has the largest cluster of massive stars within the closest 25 galaxies. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble''s Panoramic Portrait of a Vast Star-Forming Region
Hubble''s Panoramic Portrait of a Vast Star-Forming Region
392439 06: An image from the Hubble telescope of compact galaxies known as Stephan''s Quintet, July 19, 2001. At least two of the galaxies have been involved in high-speed collisions which have ripped stars and gas from neighboring galaxies and caused the development of more than 100 star clusters and several dwarf galaxies. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
IN SPACE: In this NASA handout, a view of deepest view of the visible universe ever achieved are seen in a Hubble Telescope composite photograph released March 9, 2004. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) photograph is a composite of a million one-second exposures and reveals galaxies from the time shortly after the big bang. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
IN SPACE: In this NASA handout, a view of deepest view of the visible universe ever achieved are seen in a Hubble Telescope composite photograph released March 9, 2004. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) photograph is a composite of a million one-second exposures and reveals galaxies from the time shortly after the big bang. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
IN SPACE: In this NASA handout, a view of deepest view of the visible universe ever achieved are seen in a Hubble Telescope composite photograph released March 9, 2004. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) photograph is a composite of a million one-second exposures and reveals galaxies from the time shortly after the big bang. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Captures Image Of Dying Star
Hubble Captures Image Of Dying Star
UNDATED: This NASA image shows ladder-like structures within a dying star. This new image, taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, reveals startling new details of one of the most unusual nebulae known in our Milky Way. Cataloged as HD 44179, this nebula is more commonly called the "Red Rectangle" because of its unique shape and color as seen with ground-based telescopes. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Pushing The Limits Of Its Powerful Vision Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope Has Uncovered Th
Pushing The Limits Of Its Powerful Vision Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope Has Uncovered Th
404441 01: Pushing The Limits Of Its Powerful Vision, Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope Has Uncovered The Oldest Burned-Out Stars In Our Milky Way Galaxy. These Extremely Old, Dim Stars Provide A Completely Independent Reading Of The Universe's Age Without Relying On Measurements Of The Universe's Expansion. The Ancient White Dwarf Stars, As Seen By Hubble, Turn Out To Be 12 To 13 Billion Years Old. Because Earlier Hubble Observations Show That The First Stars Formed Less Than 1 Billion Years After The Universe's Birth In The Big Bang, Finding The Oldest Stars Puts Astronomers Well Within Arm's Reach Of Calculating The Absolute Age Of The Universe. (Photo By Getty Images)
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The Sharpest View Of Mars Ever Taken From Earth
The Sharpest View Of Mars Ever Taken From Earth Was Obtained By The Recently Refurbished Nasa Hubble Space Telescope (Hst). This Stunning Portrait Was Taken With The Hst Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 (Wfpc2) On March 10, 1997, Just Before Mars Opposition, When The Red Planet Made One Of Its Closest Passes To The Earth (About 60 Million Miles Or 100 Million Km) (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
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Hubble Telescope Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Hubble Telescope Celebrates 15th Anniversary
SPACE - APRIL 25: In this handout image released from the Hubble Space Telescope the Whirlpool Galaxy is seen , April 25, 2005 released for the Hubble 15th anniversary. Nasa's Space Telescope has obited the Earth for 15 years and has taken more than 700,000 images of the comos. This image is one of the sharpest images Hubble has ever produced, taken with the newest camera. (Photo by Hubble Space Telescope/Nasa via Getty Images)
Hubble Telescope Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Hubble Telescope Celebrates 15th Anniversary
SPACE - APRIL 25: In this handout image released from the Hubble Space Telescope the Eagle Nebula is seen, April 25, 2005. Released for the Hubble's 15th anniversary. Nasa's Space Telescope has orbited the Earth for 15 years and has taken more than 700,000 images of the cosmos. This image is one of the sharpest images Hubble has ever produced, taken with the newest camera.(Photo by Hubble Space Telescope/Nasa via Getty Images)
Hubble Telescope Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Hubble Telescope Celebrates 15th Anniversary
SPACE - APRIL 25: In this composite handout image released from the Hubble Space Telescope the Whirlpool Galaxy and Eagle Nebula (L) are seen , April 25, 2005 released for the Hubble's 15th anniversary. Nasa's Space Telescope has obited the Earth for 15 years and has taken more than 700,000 images of the comos. These images are two of the sharpest images Hubble has ever produced, taken with the newest camera. (Photo by Hubble Space Telescope/Nasa via Getty Images)
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Hubble Space Telescope Releases The Largest Picture Of Crab Nebula
IN SPACE - DECEMBER 1: In this handout from NASA, the mosaic image, one of the largest ever taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of the Crab Nebula, shows six-light-year-wide expanding remnant of a star's supernova explosion as released December 2, 2005. Japanese and Chinese astronomers witnessed this violent event nearly 1,000 years ago in 1054, together with, possibly, Native Americans. The orange filaments are the remains of the star and consist mostly of hydrogen. The rapidly spinning neutron star embedded in the center of the nebula is the dynamo powering the nebula's eerie interior bluish glow. The blue light comes from electrons whirling at nearly the speed of light around magnetic field lines from the neutron star. The neutron star, the crushed ultra-dense core of the exploded star, ejects twin beams of radiation that appear to pulse 30 times a second due to the neutron star's rotation. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
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Pluto No Longer Classified As A Planet
Pluto No Longer Classified As A Planet
IN SPACE - This undated image taken by the Hubble telescope shows Pluto and its moons: Charon, Nix, and Hydra.The International Astronomical Union announced on August 24, 2006 that it no longer considers Pluto a planet, a status it has held since its discovery in 1930. The announcement reduces the solar system from nine planets to eight. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
XSP: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera Images
XSP: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera Images
IN SAPCE - UNDATED: This handout image of the giant, active galaxy NGC 1275, obtained August 21, 2008 was taken using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope?s Advanced Camera for Surveys in July and August 2006. It provides amazing detail and resolution of fragile filamentary structures, which show up as a reddish lacy structure surrounding the central bright galaxy. These filaments are cool despite being surrounded by gas that is around 55 million ?C. They are suspended in a magnetic field which maintains their structure and demonstrates how energy from the supermassive black hole hosted at the centre of the galaxy is transferred to the surrounding gas. (Photo by NASA/ESA via Getty Images)
Hubble Space Telescope Shows Photo Of New Planet
Hubble Space Telescope Shows Photo Of New Planet
IN SPACE - UNDATED: In this handout provided by NASA, a visible-light image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a red ring of dust and debris that surrounds the star Fomalhaut and the newly discovered planet, Fomalhaut b, orbiting its parent star. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Hubble Space Telescope Produces Final Images
Hubble Space Telescope Produces Final Images
IN SPACE - MAY 4: In this handout image provided by NASA, a colourful cloud of gas and dust, a nebula named Knockout 4-55 (or K 4-55), is photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope on May 4, 2009 in Space. The nebula has an eye that appears to be looking right back at Hubble. It is the penultimate images the camera will take before NASA plans to send the shuttle Atlantis into space to make upgrades and repairs to Hubble, when astronauts will replace the telescope's camera with the Wide Field Camera 3. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Space Shuttle Atlantis To Repair Hubble Space Telescope
Space Shuttle Atlantis To Repair Hubble Space Telescope
FLORIDA - MAY 12: In this tightly cropped handout image provided by NASA, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope. (Photo by Thierry Legault/NASA via Getty Images)
Fragments Of An Exploded Star
Fragments Of An Exploded Star
UNDATED PHOTO: An image of a Cas A supernova reveals the remnants of a section of the upper rim of the youngest known supervova identified in our Milky Way galaxy. Dozens of tiny clumps near the top of the image are actually small fragments of the star and each clump is approximately ten times larger than the diameter of our solar system. The varying colors of the supernova are caused by glowing atoms. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Crab Nebula Pictured In Spectacular Composite
Crab Nebula Pictured In Spectacular Composite
IN SPACE - (UNDATED PHOTO) Multiple images of the Crab Nebula made over a span of several months are shown in this undated photo. The images, made over several months with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, provide moving pictures of matter and antimatter propelled to nearly the speed of light by the Crab pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star the size of Manhattan. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Crab Nebula Pictured In Spectacular Composite
Crab Nebula Pictured In Spectacular Composite
IN SPACE - (UNDATED PHOTO) A composite image of the Crab Nebula showing X-ray (blue), and optical (red) images superimposed is shown in this undated photo. Multiple observations made over several months with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope captured the spectacle of matter and antimatter propelled to nearly the speed of light by the Crab pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star the size of Manhattan. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Telescope Sends Image Of Ghostly Nebula
Hubble Telescope Sends Image Of Ghostly Nebula
IN SPACE - NOVEMBER 7: The Hubble Space Telescope took this image of a dying star named "NGC 6369" on November 7, 2002. The star, also known as the "Little Ghost Nebula," is 2000 to 5000 light years from earth and is similar in mass to our Sun. The ghostly halo surrounding the star is caused by the shedding of the stars outer layers during the final stages of its life cycle. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Fast-Moving, Star-Sized Black Hole Tracked By Hubble
Fast-Moving, Star-Sized Black Hole Tracked By Hubble
IN SPACE - UNDATED: (FILE IMAGE) This undated artist's interpretation of the star-sized black hole GRO J1655-40, currently traveling in our solar system at 250,000 miles per hour, was released on November 18, 2002. According to astronomers using data from the Hubble Space telescope this black hole, also known as a "microquasar," is assimilating material from a its companion star. (Photo by FAECIASP/NASA/ Conicet of Argentina/Getty Images)
Chandra Uncovers Two Black Holes In Same Galaxy
Chandra Uncovers Two Black Holes In Same Galaxy
IN SPACE - NOVEMBER 19: An optical and x-ray observation of the galaxy NGC6240 is shown in this handout image from the NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray observatory on November 19, 2002. The new x-ray observations of the galaxy have revealed two super-massive black holes at the center of the galaxy. The black holes will eventually merge in a cataclysmic event that will cause warps or gravitational waves in space. (Photo by NASA/CXC/MPE/S.Komossa/Getty Images)
Hubble Captures Image Of An Unusual Cloud Of Dust
Hubble Captures Image Of An Unusual Cloud Of Dust
IN SPACE: (FILE IMAGE) This image, from the Hubble Space Telescope, shows a cluster of stars called N30B reflecting light on a cloud of dust. The cluster of stars is located inside the Large Magellanic Cloud 160,000 light-years away. The image was released by NASA on December 5, 2002 and is a composite of images from 1998 and 2001. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Scientists Capture Deep Space Image Of Early Universe
Scientists Capture Deep Space Image Of Early Universe
IN SPACE - DECEMBER 11: This image of galaxies in the farthest reaches of deep space was released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on December 11, 2002. An international group of scientists captured this image in a weeklong exposure with the European Southern Observatory's 27-foot (8.2-meter) Very Large Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope. (Photo by ESO/Getty Images)
Hubble Telescope Shows Destructing Galaxies
Hubble Telescope Shows Destructing Galaxies
IN SPACE, UNDATED PHOTO: NASA's Hubble space telescope shows a grouping of galaxies engaging in a slow dance of destruction that will last for billions of years. The tightly packed galaxies are are beginning to rip stars from reach other and distort their shapes. (Photo by NASA/ Getty Images)
Hubble Captures Image Of Small, Young Galaxy
Hubble Captures Image Of Small, Young Galaxy
IN SPACE - VARIOUS DATES: This image, released by NASA on December 19, 2002, shows the young, forming galaxy POX 186 and is a composite of three images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in March and June, 2000. The 900 light-year wide galaxy is very small in galactic terms and is made up of only 10 million young stars. POX 189 lies in the constellation Virgo and is 68 million light years from earth. (Photo by NASA/CSC/STSci/Michael Corbin/Getty Images)
Image Of Planet-Forming Dust Captured By Hubble
Image Of Planet-Forming Dust Captured By Hubble
IN SPACE - JANUARY 7: This image is a computer generated interpretation of a new Hubble Space Telescope image of a cloud of dust around a young star 320 light-years from Earth on January 7, 2003. The Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys captured the image of the star called HD 141569A. According to NASA, it is the "clearest view yet" of planet forming dust around a star. This image shows what the star would look like if we were directly above. (Photo by NASA/ESA/Getty Images)
Hubble Uses Natural Lens To Magnify Distant Galaxies
Hubble Uses Natural Lens To Magnify Distant Galaxies
IN SPACE - JANUARY 7: This deep-space image was created using a gravitational lens created by a cluster of galaxies on January 7, 2003. The Hubble Space Telescope made a 13-hour exposure through a tight cluster of galaxies called Abell 1689 located 2.2 billion light-years away. The galaxies seen through the cluster are 13 billion light-years away and are magnified by gravity from Abell 1689. (Photo by NASA/STScI/ACS/ESA/Getty Images)
Astronomers Find Radio-Jets In An Unusual Place
Astronomers Find Radio-Jets In An Unusual Place
IN SPACE - JANUARY 8: This composite image shows a giant radio-emitting jet shooting out from the spiral galaxy 0313-192 on January 8, 2003. The image of the red streaks coming from the center of the galaxy was captured by the Vary Large Array (VLA) radio telescope was superimposed on a true color image of the galaxy captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers are puzzled by the radio-jets because they believed spiral galaxies were incapable of producing this type of radiation. (Photo by NASA /Getty Images)
Astronomers Find Radio-Jets In An Unusual Place
Astronomers Find Radio-Jets In An Unusual Place
IN SPACE - JANUARY 8: This composite image shows a giant radio-emitting jet shooting out from the spiral galaxy 0313-192 on January 8, 2003. The image of the red streaks coming from the center of the galaxy was captured by the Vary Large Array (VLA) radio telescope was superimposed on a true color image of the galaxy captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers are puzzled by the radio-jets because they believed spiral galaxies were incapable of producing this type of radiation. (Photo by NASA /Getty Images)
Hubble Peers At Quasar With Blinders On
Hubble Peers At Quasar With Blinders On
IN SPACE - JANUARY 10: This image of the quasar 3C 273 was released by NASA on January 10, 2003. The image was created by the Hubble Space Telescope using a coronagraph camera, which blocks light from the center of the quasar allowing astronomers to glimpse the quasar's surrounding galaxy which is usually obscured by intense light. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Take Close-up Image Of M27
Hubble Take Close-up Image Of M27
IN SPACE - FEBRUARY 11: This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the "Dumbbell Nebula" or M27 on February 11, 2003. The nebula, which lies 1,200 light-years away, was formed when an old star shed its outer layers. Charles Messier discovered the Dumbbell Nebula in 1764. (Photo by NASA/Hubble Heritage Team/Getty Images)
Chandra And Hubble Capture Galactic Gas Blown By Super Winds
Chandra And Hubble Capture Galactic Gas Blown By Super Winds
IN SPACE - FEBRUARY 25: This NASA composite image of galaxy NGC 3079 was created by combining images from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory on February 25, 2003. Large filaments of gas blown out from the center of the galaxy by "super winds" from either a black hole or an exploding star, are visible in the Chandra image (blue) superimposed over the Hubble optical spectrum image (red and green). (Photo by NASA/CXC/U. North Carolina/G. Cecil/Getty Images)
Hubble Observes An Evaporating Planet
Hubble Observes An Evaporating Planet
ARTIST'S IMPRESSION - MARCH 12: This handout image from the European Space Agency shows an artist's impression of the hydrogen atmosphere of transiting planet HD 209458b streaming off of the planet as it orbits close to its parent star on March 12, 2003. According to the ESA the Hubble Space Telescope made observations of the planet, which is described as a "hot Jupiter" because the gas giant is similar to Jupiter in our solar system and because orbits precariously close to its parent star. (Photo by Alfred Vidal-Madjar/ESA/NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Captures Light Echo From Star Outburst
Hubble Captures Light Echo From Star Outburst
IN SPACE - VARIOUS DATES: These images from the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys, showing "the reverberation of light through space caused by an unusual stellar outburst" starting on May 20, 2002, were released by NASA on March 26, 2003. The outburst came from the red super-giant star called V838 Monocerotis. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Photo Shows Andromeda Galaxy
Hubble Photo Shows Andromeda Galaxy
IN SPACE - MAY 8: This NASA photo released May 8, 2003 was made from 250 separate exposures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope from December 2, 2002 to January 11, 2003 and shows the nearest neighboring spiral galaxy, Andromeda. According to NASA, this is the deepest visible-light image ever taken of the sky and shows approximately 300,000 stars in the halo of the Andromeda galaxy. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
NASA Studies Starburst Galaxy NGC 3310
NASA Studies Starburst Galaxy NGC 3310
IN SPACE - SEPTEMBER 7: (FILE PHOTO) In this image released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the galaxy NGC 3310, a starburst galaxy that is forming clusters of new stars at a prodigious rate, is shown taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Septemer 7, 2001 while in space. Nasa plans to replace the Hubble telescope with the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and plans to deorbit the Hubble telescope sometime in 2010. According to Anne Kinney, division director of astronomy and physics at NASA headquarters, NASA states August 1, 2003 that it is firmly committed to the new JWST, a deep-space observatory due for launch in 2011 on a European Ariane 5 rocket. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Gamma-Ray Burst From Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Gamma-Ray Burst From Chandra X-Ray Observatory
IN SPACE - JUNE 19: (FILE PHOTO) In this image released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope shows a halo of hot gas surrounding spiral galaxy NGC 4631 that is similar to the Milky Way galaxy June 19, 2001 while in space. NASA plans to replace the Hubble telescope with the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and plans to deorbit the Hubble telescope sometime in 2010. According to Anne Kinney, division director of astronomy and physics at NASA headquarters, NASA states August 1, 2003 that it is firmly committed to the new JWST, a deep-space observatory due for launch in 2011 on a European Ariane 5 rocket. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Planet Mars Makes A Close Approach To Earth
Planet Mars Makes A Close Approach To Earth
IN SPACE - AUGUST 26: This image released August 27, 2003 captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a close-up of the red planet Mars when it was just 34,648,840 miles (55,760,220 km) away. This color image was assembled from a series of exposures taken between 6:20 p.m. and 7:12 p.m. EDT August 26, 2003 with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The picture was taken just 11 hours before the planet made its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years. Many small, dark, circular impact craters can be seen, attesting to the Hubble telescope's ability to reveal fine detail on the planet's surface. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Nebula NGC 604
Nebula NGC 604
UNDATED PHOTO: This festively colorful nebula, called NGC 604, is one of the largest known seething cauldrons of star birth in a nearby galaxy. This star-birth region contains more than 200 brilliant blue stars within a cloud of glowing gases some 1,300 light-years across, nearly 100 times the size of the Orion Nebula. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Nebula IC 1396
Nebula IC 1396
UNDATED PHOTO: Resembling a flaming creature on the run, this image exposes the hidden interior of a dark and dusty cloud in the emission Nebula IC 1396. Young stars previously obscured by dust can be seen here for the first time. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
IN SPACE: In this NASA handout, a view of deepest view of the visible universe ever achieved are seen in a Hubble Telescope composite photograph released March 9, 2004. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) photograph is a composite of a million one-second exposures and reveals galaxies from the time shortly after the big bang. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
A view of nearly 10,000 galaxies are seen in a Hubble Telescope composite photograph. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) photograph is a composite of a million one-second exposures and reveals galaxies from the time shortly after the big bang.  (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
IN SPACE: In this NASA handout, a view of nearly 10,000 galaxies are seen in a Hubble Telescope composite photograph released March 9, 2004. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) photograph is a composite of a million one-second exposures and reveals galaxies from the time shortly after the big bang. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
A view of nearly 10,000 galaxies are seen in a Hubble Telescope composite photograph. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) photograph is a composite of a million one-second exposures and reveals galaxies from the time shortly after the big bang. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
Hubble Reveals Oldest Seen galaxies
IN SPACE: In this NASA handout, a view of deepest view of the visible universe ever achieved are seen in a Hubble Telescope composite photograph released March 9, 2004. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) photograph is a composite of a million one-second exposures and reveals galaxies from the time shortly after the big bang. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
In The Small Magellanic Cloud Hubble Space Telescope Wfpc2 Photo: Nasa / Gamma Liai
In The Small Magellanic Cloud Hubble Space Telescope Wfpc2 Photo: Nasa / Gamma Liai
F 336143 002 N81 In The Small Magellanic Cloud Hubble Space Telescope Wfpc2 (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Hefty Stars Jpg Hubble Telescope Image F 358487 1 Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clue
Hefty Stars Jpg Hubble Telescope Image F 358487 1 Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clue
Hefty Stars.Jpg - Hubble Telescope Image F 358487 001 Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnings. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
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Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnin
F 358487 002 Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnings. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnin
Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnin
F 358487 003 Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnings. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the planet Ur
NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the planet Ur
UNITED STATES: NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the planet Uranus taken 14 August 1994, reveals the planet's rings and bright clouds and a high altitude haze above the planet's south pole. Hubble resolves several of Uranus' rings, including the outermost Epsilon ring. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Cone Nebula
Cone Nebula
IN SPACE - JUNE 5: An image of the tip of the Cone Nebula, which is about half a light-year long as taken by the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope as it penetrated layers of dust in a star-forming cloud to uncover a dense, craggy edifice of dust and gas, released June 5, 2002. The entire nebula is 7 light-years long. The Cone resides in a turbulent star-forming region, located 2,500 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Cone Nebula
Cone Nebula
IN SPACE - JUNE 5: An image of the tip of the Cone Nebula, which is about half a light-year long as taken by the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, released June 5, 2002. The entire nebula is 7 light-years long. The Cone resides in a turbulent star-forming region, located 2,500 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Horsehead Nebula Image
Hubble Horsehead Nebula Image
388345 01: An close-up image of the Horsehead nebula taken from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals the cloud's intricate structure and resemblance to a giant seahorse, April 24, 2001. The detailed view of the horse's head was released in celebration of the the orbiting observatory's eleventh anniversary. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers)
Hubble Telescope Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy
Hubble Telescope Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy
387524 01: New pictures from the Hubble telescope, made available April 5, 2001 are giving astronomers a detailed view of the Whirlpool galaxy's spiral arms and dust clouds, which are the birth sites of massive and luminous stars. This galaxy, also called M51 or NGC 5194, is having a close encounter with a nearby companion galaxy, NGC 5195, just off the upper edge of this image. The companion's gravitational influence is triggering star formation in the Whirlpool, as seen by the numerous clusters of bright, young stars [highlighted in red]. (Photo courtesy NASA/The Hubble Heritage Team/Newsmakers)
Hubble Picture of Galaxy NGC 4013
Hubble Picture of Galaxy NGC 4013
386160 01: An image produced by the Hubble telescope of the perfectly "edge-on" galaxy, or NGC 4013 , March 1, 2001. This new Hubble picture reveals, with great detail, huge clouds of dust and gas extending along, as well as far above, the galaxy's main disk. NGC 4013 is a spiral galaxy, similar to the Milky Way, lying some 55 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Ursa Major. Viewed face-on, it would look like a nearly circular pinwheel, but NGC 4013 happens to be seen edge-on from our vantage point. Even at 55 million light-years, the galaxy is larger than Hubble's field of view, and the image shows only a little more than half of the object, albeit with unprecedented detail. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers)
Hubble Spies Most Distant Supernova
Hubble Spies Most Distant Supernova
387401 01: The Hubble Space Telescope has spied the most distant supernova ever, an 11 billion year old exploding star whose existence suggests that a repulsive "dark energy" is spurring the expansion of the universe. Astronomers saw the supernova in 1997 but did not know until recently that it was the furthest and therefore the oldest of its kind ever observed, scientists said April 2, 2001 in a briefing at NASA headquarters. The photo at bottom left is a close-up view of that region where the supernova dwells. The white arrow points to the exploding star's home galaxy, a faint elliptical. Its redness is due to the billions of old stars residing there. The picture at bottom right shows the supernova itself, distinguished by the white dot in the center. (Photo courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers)
Planet Formation Process
Planet Formation Process
388402 01: According to observations made by astronomers, planet formation is a hazardous and violent process, April 26, 2001. These four snapshots, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on February 26, 1998 and January 11, 1999, show dust disks around embryonic stars in the Orion Nebula being "blowtorched" by a blistering flood of ultraviolet radiation from the region's brightest star. Within these disks are the seeds of planets. The doomed systems look like hapless comets, with wayward tails of gas boiling off the withering, pancake-shaped disks. (Photo courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers)
Hubble Reveals "Backwards" Spiral Galaxy
Hubble Reveals "Backwards" Spiral Galaxy
400704 01: This image shows NGC 4622 and its outer pair of winding arms full of new stars, shown in blue. The galaxy NGC 4622 appears to be rotating in the opposite direction to what was expected. Pictures from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope helped astronomers determine that the galaxy may be spinning clockwise by showing which side of the galaxy is closer to Earth. This Hubble telescope photo of the oddball galaxy is presented by the Hubble Heritage team. (Photo Courtesy of NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team/Getty Images)
Advanced Camera Will Give Hubble A New View Of The Universe
Advanced Camera Will Give Hubble A New View Of The Universe
401273 01: A simulated image of how the universe will look through the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), a new camera for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, which will offer deeper, wider and faster views of outer space than the current generation of cameras on Hubble, February 15, 2002. The combination of ACS's improved sensitivity and larger field of view is expected to produce a tenfold improvement in discovery efficiency for Hubble. (Photo Courtesy of NASA and the ACS Science Team/Getty Images)
NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of black hole
NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of black hole
N362953 02: Isolated stellar-mass black holes are seen in this Hubble photo taken June 15, 1999 adrift among the stars in our galaxy. Two international teams of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes in Australia and Chili have discovered the first examples of this extraterrestrial phenomenon. (Photo by NASA)
HUBBLE's 10TH ANNIVERSARY
HUBBLE's 10TH ANNIVERSARY
368100 02: FILE PHOTO: The Stingray Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope April 2, 1998. the Hubble celebrates its 10th anniversary on April 24, 2000. (Photo courtesy NASA)
Hubble-X Gas Cloud Space Image
Hubble-X Gas Cloud Space Image
383909 01: This Hubble space telescope image released January 4, 2001 shows the Hubble-X, a glowing gas cloud in one of the most active star-forming regions in galaxy NGC 6822. The galaxy lies 1.6 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius, one of the Milky Way's closest neighbors. This hotbed of star birth is similar to the fertile regions in the Orion Nebula in our Milky Way Galaxy, but on a vastly greater scale. The intense star birth in Hubble-X occurred about 4 million years ago, a small fraction of the approximate 10-billion-year age of the universe. (Photo by NASA/Newsmakers)
Hubble Image of "Ant Nebula"
Hubble Image of "Ant Nebula"
385221 01: A Hubble Space Telescope image released February 1, 2001 of the so-called "ant nebula" (Menzel 3, or Mz3) reveals the "ant's" body as a pair of fiery lobes protruding from a dying star. The Hubble images directly challenge old ideas about the last stages in the lives of stars. By observing Sun-like stars as they approach their deaths, the Hubble Heritage image of Mz3, along with pictures of other planetary nebulae, shows that our Sun's fate probably will be more interesting, complex, and striking than astronomers imagined just a few years ago. (Photo by NASA/Newsmakers)
Nebula N83B Element Interplay
Nebula N83B Element Interplay
387208 01: Extremely intense radiation from newly born, ultra-bright stars has blown a glowing spherical bubble in the nebula N83B, also known as NGC 1748, March 28, 2001. A new Hubble telescope image has helped to decipher the complex interplay of gas and radiation of a star-forming region in the nearby galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. The image graphically illustrates just how these massive stars sculpt their environment by generating powerful winds that alter the shape of the parent gaseous nebula. These processes are also seen in our Milky Way in regions like the Orion Nebula. (Photo courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers)
NASA Studies Starburst Galaxies
NASA Studies Starburst Galaxies
394162 03: This montage shows two sets of Chandra X-ray Observatory images (L) and Hubble Space Telescope images (R) of the giant galaxy clusters Abell 2390 and MS2137.3-2353. The clusters are located 2.5 and 3.1billion light years from Earth respectively. The X-ray emission comes from the multimillion-degree gas that fills the clusters. Chandra provides detailed temperature maps for this gas and allows astronomers to precisely determine the masses of the clusters. Most of the mass is in the form of dark matter. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Storm Engulfs the Planet Mars
Storm Engulfs the Planet Mars
395823 01: (FILE PHOTO) A comparison image of the planet Mars reveals October 11, 2001 that a global dust storm has engulfed the planet. The storm is comprised of fine dust and obscures all surface features. This image was captured by the Hubble Telescope. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
New Galazy is Discovered
New Galazy is Discovered
395823 02: (FILE PHOTO) NASA researchers have discovered a small distant galaxy located approximately 13.4 billion light-years away from our planet. This image was captured by the Hubble Telescope. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Omega Centauri Star Cluster
Omega Centauri Star Cluster
395823 03: (FILE PHOTO) Astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to peer into the center of a dense swarm of stars called Omega Centauri. Omega Centauri is a massive globular star cluster, containing several million stars swirling in locked orbits around a common center of gravity. The stars are packed so densely in the cluster's core that it is difficult for ground-based telescopes to make out individual stars. This image was captured by the Hubble Telescope. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
Hubble Telescope Captures Galaxy Collision
Hubble Telescope Captures Galaxy Collision
381207 01: An image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, released by NASA November 2, 2000, shows a striking example of a galaxy collision more than 200 million light year away, in NGC 6745. The yellowish center of the photo shows a large spiral galaxy with its core still intact, colliding with a smaller galaxy seen in the bright blue sections of the image. The blue light shows the distinct path taken by the smaller galaxy during the encounter, as the galaxies did not merely interact gravitationally as they passed one another, but actually collided. (Photo by NASA/Newsmakers)
Hubble Photo Shows Destruction of Interstellar Cloud
Hubble Photo Shows Destruction of Interstellar Cloud
383068 01: This image captured by NASA''s Hubble Space Telescope shows a dark interstellar cloud being destroyed by the passage of one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades star cluster. In this photo released December 8, 2000, the star is seen reflecting light off the surface of pitch black clouds of cold gas laced with dust. These clouds are called reflection nebulae. (Photo by NASA/Newsmakers)
Chandra and Hubble Image of X-Ray Emission Halo
Chandra and Hubble Image of X-Ray Emission Halo
390506 01: This composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope shows the first halo of X-ray emission detected around a young cluster of stars, known as the Arches cluster. The photo was released on June 6, 2001 by NASA. The Chandra data is seen as the diffuse blue emission in the inset box and represents the 60-million-degree gas that envelopes the multitude of young stars in the cluster. This image overlays a Hubble Space Telescope infrared image of the same region, in which some of the individual stars in the cluster can be seen as point-like sources. Both the X-ray and infrared observations are then shown in context of the spectacular filamentary structures that appear in radio wavelengths displayed in red. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
Orion nebula
Orion nebula
N365890 01: A spectacular color panorama of the center of the Orion nebula is one of the largest pictures ever assembled from individual images taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The picture, seamlessly composited from a mosaic of 15 separate fields, covers an area of sky about five percent of the area covered by the full moon. (Courtesy of NASA)
A nebula in the constellation Orion
A nebula in the constellation Orion
N366041 01: Just weeks after NASA astronauts repaired the Hubble Space Telescope in December, 1999, the Hubble Heritage Project snapped this picture of NGC 1999, a nebula in the constellation Orion. The Heritage astronomers, in collaboration with scientists in Texas and Ireland, used Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) to obtain the color image. (Courtesy of NASA)
HUBBLE's 10TH ANNIVERSARY
HUBBLE's 10TH ANNIVERSARY
368100 01: FILE PHOTO: The Pistol Star Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope October 8, 1997. The Hubble celebrates its 10th anniversary on April 24, 2000. (Photo courtesy NASA)
NASA's HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE CAPTURES ''ESKIMO''
NASA's HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE CAPTURES ''ESKIMO''
N365573 01: Hubble resumes gazing at the Heavens by taking a look at the "Eskimo" Nebula In its first glimpse of the heavens following the successful December 1999 servicing mission March 6, 2000. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a majestic view of a planetary nebula, the glowing remains of a dying, sun-like star. This stellar relic, first spied by William Herschel in 1787, is nicknamed the "Eskimo" Nebula because, when viewed through ground-based telescopes, it resembles a face surrounded by a fur parka. (Photo by NASA)
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Hubble Images Of Warped Disk Galaxy
392767 01: (UNDATED PHOTO) A Hubble telescope edge-on view of the ESO 510-G13 galaxy is seen in this undated NASA photograph. The image shows the galaxy''s warped dusty disk and shows how colliding galaxies spawn the formation of new generations of stars. The dust and spiral arms of normal spiral galaxies, like our own Milky Way, appear flat when viewed edge-on. This galaxy by contrast has an unusual twisted disk structure. (Photo courtesy of NASA via Getty Images)
(Photo courtesy of NASA via Getty Images)
Burst of Star Formation Drives Bubble in Galaxy''s Core
Burst of Star Formation Drives Bubble in Galaxy''s Core
393310 01: These NASA Hubble Space Telescope snapshots reveal a white bubble of activity within the core of the galaxy NGC 3079, as hot gas is rises from glowing matter. The picture at left shows the bubble in the center of the galaxy''s disk. The structure is more than 3,000 light-years wide and rises 3,500 light-years above the galaxy''s disk. The smaller photo at right is a close-up view of the bubble. Astronomers suspect that the bubble is being blown by "winds" (high-speed streams of particles) released during a burst of star formation. The two white dots just above the bubble are probably stars in the galaxy. (Photo courtesy NASA/Getty Images)
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Hubble Captures Image Of Merging Galaxies
IN SPACE - JUNE 26: This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a group of galaxies called the Seyfert's Sextet on June 26, 2000. Although the name of this grouping suggests that there are six, there are in reality only four galaxies in the group that are slowly merging into one. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)
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Hubble Space Telescope Images Complete Image Of Spiral Galaxy Ngc 4414 The I
Hubble Space Telescope Images Complete Image Of Spiral Galaxy Ngc 4414 The I
F 352524 001 Space 1999 Hubble Space Telescope Images Complete Image Of Spiral Galaxy Ngc 4414 The Image Was Obtained With Hubble'S Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (Wfpc2) Through Three Different Color Filters. Based On Their Discovery And Careful Brightness Measurements Of Variable Stars In Ngc 4414, The Key Project Astronomers Were Able To Make An Accurate Determination Of The Distance To The Galaxy. The Resulting Distance To Ngc 4414, 19.1 Megaparsecs Or About 60 Million Light-Years, Along With Similarly Determined Distances To Other Nearby Galaxies, Contributes To Astronomers' Overall Knowledge Of The Rate Of Expansion Of The Universe. The Hubble Constant (H0) Is The Ratio Of How Fast Galaxies Are Moving Away From Us To Their Distance From Us. This Astronomical Value Is Used To Determine Distances, Sizes, And The Intrinsic Luminosities For Many Objects In Our Universe, And The Age Of The Universe Itself. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Nasa Hubble Space Telescope Shows The Spiral Galaxy Ngc 4603 The Most Distant Galaxy In Which A S
Nasa Hubble Space Telescope Shows The Spiral Galaxy Ngc 4603 The Most Distant Galaxy In Which A S
A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope Shows The Spiral Galaxy Ngc 4603, The Most Distant Galaxy In Which A Special Class Of Pulsating Stars Called Cepheid Variables Have Been Found. It Is Associated With The Centaurus Cluster, One Of The Most Massive Assemblages Of Galaxies In The Nearby Universe. The Universe Is A Youthful 12 Billion Years Old -- Not 20 Billion, As Astronomers Once Believed -- And That Is Old Enough To Support The Theory That The Big Bang Started It All, Scientists Said Tuesday. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
HUBBLE's FIRST DIRECT LOOK AT POSSIBLE PLANET AROUND ANOTHER STAR
HUBBLE's FIRST DIRECT LOOK AT POSSIBLE PLANET AROUND ANOTHER STAR
HUBBLE's FIRST DIRECT LOOK AT POSSIBLE PLANET AROUND ANOTHER STAR. This NASA Hubble Telescope near-infrared image of newborn binary stars (image center) reveals a long thin nebula pointing toward a faint companion object (bottom left) which could be the first extrasolar planet to be imaged directly released by NASA May 28, 1998.
Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)
Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)
N365905 01: Previously unseen details of a mysterious, complex structure within the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) are revealed by this image of the "Keyhole Nebula," obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The picture is a montage assembled from four different April 1999 telescope pointings with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The picture is dominated by a large, approximately circular feature, which is part of the Keyhole Nebula, about 8000 light-years from Earth. The Carina Nebula also contains several other stars that are among the hottest and most massive known, each about ten times as hot, and 100 times as massive as the sun. (Courtesy of NASA)
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image r
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image r
SPACE, SPACE: This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image released 04 December, 2003 shows a festively colored nebula, called NGC 604, one of the largest known seething cauldrons of star birth in a nearby galaxy. NGC 604 is similar to familiar star-birth regions in our Milky Way galaxy, such as the Orion Nebula, but it is vastly larger in extent and contains many more recently formed stars. This monstrous star-birth region contains more than 200 brilliant blue stars within a cloud of glowing gases some 1,300 light-years across, nearly 100 times the size of the Orion Nebula. The bright stars in NGC 604 are extremely young by astronomical standards, having formed a mere 3 million years ago. AFP PHOTO/HO NASA/The Hubble Heritage Team /(AURA/STScI) (Photo credit should read NASA/AFP/Getty Images)
Deep Space Image Of Celestial Star Factory A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope Imag
Deep Space Image Of Celestial Star Factory A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope Imag
F 334 814 001 09/04/98 Deep Space Image Of Celestial Star Factory A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope Image Of Star Cluster N81. 50 Young Bright Baby Stars Pack A Tiny Region Of Space. The Radiation Given Off By These Stars Makes The Nebula Glow. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Image From Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope Reveals Clusters Of Infant Stars That Forme
Image From Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope Reveals Clusters Of Infant Stars That Forme
F 336143 001 An Image From Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope Reveals Clusters Of Infant Stars That Formed In A Ring Around The Core Of The Barred-Spiral Galaxy Ngc 4314. This Stellar Nursery, Whose Inhabitants Were Created Within The Past 5 Million Years, Is The Only Place In The Entire Galaxy Where New Stars Are Being Born. The Hubble Image Is Being Presented Today (June 11) At The American Astronomical Society Meeting In San Diego, Calif.The Left-Hand Image, Taken In February 1996 By The 30-Inch Telescope Prime Focus Camera At The Mcdonald Observatory In Texas, Shows The Entire Galaxy, Including The Bar Of Stars Bisecting The Core And The Outer Spiral Arms, Which Begin Near The Ends Of This Bar. The Box Around The Galaxy's Core Pinpoints The Focus Of The Hubble Image. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Space 36057 Hubble Captures Galaxy Clusters : Gorilla Is An Extremely Massive Cluster O
Space 36057 Hubble Captures Galaxy Clusters : Gorilla Is An Extremely Massive Cluster O
Space 09/19/98 (666.669) Hubble Captures Galaxy Clusters : Gorilla Is An Extremely Massive Cluster Of Galaxies. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Space 36057 Hubble Captures Galaxy Clusters : Gorilla Is An Extremely Massive Cluster O
Space 36057 Hubble Captures Galaxy Clusters : Gorilla Is An Extremely Massive Cluster O
Space 09/19/98 (666.669) Hubble Captures Galaxy Clusters : Gorilla Is An Extremely Massive Cluster Of Galaxies. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Combined Deep View Of Infrared And Visible Light Galaxies This Narrow Dee
Combined Deep View Of Infrared And Visible Light Galaxies This Narrow Dee
F 346150 001 October 1998 Combined Deep View Of Infrared And Visible Light Galaxies This Narrow, Deep View Of The Universe Reveals A Plethora Of Galaxies (Reaching Fainter Than 28Th Magnitude), As Seen In Visible And Infrared Light By Nasa?S Hubble Space Telescope. The Reddish Galaxies Are Glowing In Infrared Light, And The Bluish Galaxies Are Glowing In Visible Light. Several Distinctive Types Of Galaxies Can Be Seen In These Views: Blue Dwarf Galaxies, Disk Galaxies, And Very Red Elliptical Galaxies. A Bright, Nearby Face-On Spiral Galaxy Appears At Upper Right. Some Of The Brightest Objects In The Field Are Foreground Stars In The Halo Of Our Own Milky Way Galaxy. By Combining Views In Infrared Light And Visible Light Astronomers Have A Better Idea Of The Shapes Of Galaxies In The Remote Universe, And Of The Fraction Which Are Old Or Dust-Obscured At Early Epochs. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Looking Down
Looking Down
Embargoed Until: 10:20 Am (Est)/9:20 Am (Cst) January 6, 1999 Photo No.: Stsci-Prc99-01 Looking Down A Barrel Of Gas At A Doomed Star The Nasa Hubble Space Telescope Has Captured The Sharpest View Yet Of The Most Famous Of All Planetary Nebulae: The Ring Nebula (M57). In This October 1998 Image, The Telescope Has Looked Down A Barrel Of Gas Cast Off By A Dying Star Thousands Of Years Ago. This Photo Reveals Elongated Dark Clumps Of Material Embedded In The Gas At The Edge Of The Nebula; The Dying Central Star Floating In A Blue Haze Of Hot Gas. The Nebula Is About A Light-Year In Diameter And Is Located Some 2,000 Light-Years From Earth In The Direction Of The Constellation Lyra. The Colors Are Approximately True Colors. The Color Image Was Assembled From Three Black-And-White Photos Taken Through Different Color Filters With The Hubble Telescope'S Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. Blue Isolates Emission From Very Hot Helium, Which Is Located Primarily Close To The Hot Central Star. Green Represents Ionized Oxygen, Which Is Located Farther From The Star. Red Shows Ionized Nitrogen, Which Is Radiated From The Coolest Gas, Located Farthest From The Star. The Gradations Of Color Illustrate How The Gas Glows Because It Is Bathed In Ultraviolet Radiation From The Remnant Central Star, Whose Surface Temperature Is A White-Hot 216,000 Degrees Fahrenheit (120,000 Degrees Celsius). (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Hubble Space Telescope Images Ab Aurigae Star And Disk A Visible Light Ima
Hubble Space Telescope Images Ab Aurigae Star And Disk A Visible Light Ima
F 352524 002 Space 1999 Hubble Space Telescope Images - Ab Aurigae Star And Disk A Visible-Light Image, Taken With Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, Reveals Clumps Of Material In A Circumstellar Disk Of Gas And Dust Swirling Around A 2- To 4-Million-Year-Old Star Called Ab Aurigae. These Clumps, Also Composed Of Dust And Gas, May Represent The Seeds Of Planet Formation. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Hubble Finds Variable Stars In Distant Spiral Galaxy A Nasa Hubble Space Tel
Hubble Finds Variable Stars In Distant Spiral Galaxy A Nasa Hubble Space Tel
F 352524 004 Space 1999 Hubble Finds Variable Stars In Distant Spiral Galaxy A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope (Hst) View Of The Magnificent Spiral Galaxy Ngc 4603, The Most Distant Galaxy In Which A Special Class Of Pulsating Stars Called Cepheid Variables Have Been Found. It Is Associated With The Centaurus Cluster, One Of The Most Massive Assemblages Of Galaxies In The Nearby Universe. The Local Group Of Galaxies, Of Which The Milky Way Is A Member, Is Moving In The Direction Of Centaurus At A Speed Of More Than A Million Miles An Hour Under The Influence Of The Gravitational Pull Of The Matter In That Direction. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Deep Space A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope View Of Starbirth Called N159 And Is
Deep Space A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope View Of Starbirth Called N159 And Is
F 353403 001 5Sept98 Deep Space A Nasa Hubble Space Telescope View Of Starbirth, Called N159 And Is Over 150 Light-Years Across, Taking Place 170,000 Light-Years Away In Our Satellite Galaxy. A Rare Type Of Compact Ionized "Blob" Is Resolved For The First Time To Be A Butterfly-Shaped Or "Papillon" (French For "Butterfly") Nebula, Buried In The Center Of The Maelstrom Of Glowing Gases And Dark Dust. This Observation Is Part Of A Search For Young Massive Stars In The Lmc. The Cases Are Rare Where We Can See Massive Stars So Early After Their Birth. The Hubble Observations Of The Papillon Nebula Were Conducted By The European Astronomers Mohammad Heydari-Malayeri (Paris Observatory, France) And Co-Investigators Michael Rosa (Space Telescope-European Coordinating Facility, European Southern Observatory, Germany), Vassilis Charmandaris (Paris Observatory), Lise Deharveng (Marseille Observatory, France), And Hans Zinnecker (Astrophysical Institute, Potsdam, Germany). (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Space Hubble Telescope Images Of Southern Crab Nebula Detail Reveals The Nested
Space Hubble Telescope Images Of Southern Crab Nebula Detail Reveals The Nested
F 356597 001 05/1999 Space Hubble Telescope Images Of Southern Crab Nebula Detail Reveals The Nested Bubble Structure Of The Nebula (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnin
Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnin
F 358487 004 Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnings. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnin
Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnin
F 358487 005 Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnings. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnin
Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnin
F 358487 006 Space New Hubble Images Uncover Important Clues About The Galaxy's Origins And Beginnings. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
Hubble Space Telescope Image
Hubble Space Telescope Image
This Hubble Space Telescope Image Provides A Detailed Look At A Brilliant "Fireworks Show" At The Center Of A Collision Between Two Galaxies. Hubble Has Uncovered Over 1,000 Bright, Young Star Clusters Bursting To Life As A Result Of The Head-On Wreck. [Left] A Ground-Based Telescopic View Of The Antennae Galaxies (Known Formally As Ngc 4038/4039) - So Named Because A Pair Of Long Tails Of Luminous Matter, Formed By The Gravitational Tidal Forces Of Their Encounter, Resembles An Insect'S Antennae. The Galaxies Are Located 63 Million Light-Years Away In The Southern Constellation Corvus. [Right] The Respective Cores Of The Twin Galaxies Are The Orange Blobs, Left And Right Of Image Center, Crisscrossed By Filaments Of Dark Dust. A Wide Band Of Chaotic Dust, Called The Overlap Region, Stretches Between The Cores Of The Two Galaxies. The Sweeping Spiral-Like Patterns, Traced By Bright Blue Star Clusters, Shows The Result Of A Firestorm Of Star Birth Activity Which Was Triggered By The Collision. This Natural-Color Image Is A Composite Of Four Separately Filtered Images Taken With The Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (Wfpc2), On January 20, 1996. Resolution Is 15 Light-Years Per Pixel (Picture Element). (Photo By Getty Images/Getty Images)
Head On Collision Between Two Spiral Galaxies
Head On Collision Between Two Spiral Galaxies
These Four Close-Up Views Are Taken From A Head-On Collision Between Two Spiral Galaxies, Called The Antennae Galaxies, Seen At Image Center. The Scale Bar At The Top Of Each Image Is 1,500 Light-Years Across. [Left Images] The Collision Triggers The Birth Of New Stars In Brilliant Blue Star Clusters, The Brightest Of Which Contains Roughly A Million Stars. The Star Clusters Are Blue Because They Are Very Young, The Youngest Being Only A Few Million Years Old, A Mere Blink Of The Eye On The Astronomical Time Scale. [Right Images] These Close-Up Views Of The Cores Of Each Galaxy Show Entrapped Dust And Gas Funneled Into The Center. The Nucleus Of Ngc 4038 (Lower Right) Is Obscured By Dust Which Dims And Reddens Starlight By Scattering The Shorter, Bluer Wavelengths. This Is Also The Reason The Young Star Clusters In The Dusty Regions Appear Red Instead Of Blue. This Natural-Color Image Is A Composite Of Four Separately Filtered Images Taken With The Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (Wfpc2), On January 20, 1996. Resolution Is 15 Light-Years Per Pixel (Picture Element). (Photo By Getty Images/Getty Images)
One Of The Intrinsically Brightest Stars In Our Galaxy Appears As The Bright White Dot In The Center
One Of The Intrinsically Brightest Stars In Our Galaxy Appears As The Bright White Dot In The Center
One Of The Intrinsically Brightest Stars In Our Galaxy Appears As The Bright White Dot In The Center Of This Image Taken With Nasa'S Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble'S Near Infrared Camera And Multi-Object Spectrometer (Nicmos) Was Needed To Take The Picture, Because The Star Is Hidden At The Galactic Center, Behind Obscuring Dust. Nicmos' Infrared Vision Penetrated The Dust To Reveal The Star, Which Is Glowing With The Radiance Of 10 Million Suns. The Image Also Shows One Of The Most Massive Stellar Eruptions Ever Seen In Space. The Radiant Star Has Enough Raw Power To Blow Off Two Expanding Shells (Magenta) Of Gas Equal To The Mass Of Several Of Our Suns. The Largest Shell Is So Big (4 Light-Years) It Would Stretch Nearly All The Way From Our Sun To The Next Nearest Star. The Outbursts Seen By Hubble Are Estimated To Be Only 4,000 And 6,000 Years Old, Respectively. Despite Such A Tremendous Mass Loss, Astronomers Estimate The Extraordinary Star May Presently Be 100 Times More Massive Than Our Sun, And May Have Started With As Much As 200 Solar Masses Of Material, But It Is Violently Shedding Much Of Its Mass. The Star Is 25,000 Light-Years Away In The Direction Of The Constellation Sagittarius. Despite Its Great Distance, The Star Would Be Visible To The Naked Eye As A Modest 4Th Magnitude Object If It Were Not For The Dust Between It And The Earth. This False-Colored Image Is A Composite Of Two Separately Filtered Images Taken With The Nicmos, On September 13,1997. The Field Of View Is 4.8 Light-Years Across, At The Star'S Distance Of 25,000 Light-Years. Resolution Is 0.075 Arc Seconds Per Pixel. (Photo By Getty Images)
This image released 07 October, 2004 by
This image released 07 October, 2004 by
SPACE, SPACE: This image released 07 October, 2004 by NASA shows Kepler's supernova remnant produced by combining data from NASA's three Great Observatories -- the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Kepler's supernova was first seen 400 years ago by sky watchers, including famous astronomer Johannes Kepler. The combined image unveils a bubble-shaped shroud of gas and dust that is 14 light-years wide and is expanding at 4 million miles per hour (2,000 kilometers per second). AFP PHOTO/NASA (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)
This Hubble Space Telescope image released by NASA
This Hubble Space Telescope image released by NASA
WASHINGTON, : This Hubble Space Telescope image released by NASA's Hubble Heritage team 04 February shows the self-destruction of a massive star called supernova 1987-A (C) in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a near-by galaxy. Astronomers in the Southern hemisphere witnessed the explosion of this star on 23 February, 1987. The supernova remnant is surrounded by inner and outer rings of material. This is a three-color composite image of the supernova and its neighboring region taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 02 in September 1994, February 1996 and July of 1997. AFP PHOTO NASA/HUBBLE HERITAGE TEAM (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
This image, taken 17 November 1995 with the Hubble
This image, taken 17 November 1995 with the Hubble
NOVEMBER 17: This image, taken 17 November 1995 with the Hubble Space Telescope, reveals the faintest object ever seen around a star beyond our Sun, and the first clear detection of a brown dwarf star. The brown dwarf (C), called GL229B, orbits the red dwarf star Gliese 229 (L). The brown dwarf is about 20-50 times the mass of Jupiter, but is so dense it is about the same diameter as Jupiter (80,000 miles). GL229B is at least four billion miles from its companion star. The diagonal line is a diffraction spike produced by the telescope's optical system. NASA/HUBBLE (Photo credit should read GOLIMOWSK/AFP/Getty Images)
This is a Hubble Space Telescope "family portrait"
This is a Hubble Space Telescope "family portrait"
DECEMBER 4: This is a Hubble Space Telescope "family portrait" of the four largest moons of Jupiter, released 10 October, first observed by the Italian scientist Galileo Galilei nearly four centuries ago. Located approximately one-half billion miles away, the moons are so small that, in visible light, they appear as fuzzy disks in the largest ground-based telescopes. Over the past year Hubble has charted new volcanic activity on Io's active surface, a faint oxygen atmosphere on the moon Europa, identified ozone on the surface of Ganymede and shown fresh ice on the surface of Callisto that may indicate impacts from micrometeorites and charged particles from Jupiter's magnetosphere. The Galileo probe is due to land on Jupiter 07 December. NASA/AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read NOL/AFP/Getty Images)
This combo released 04 October 2006 by t
This combo released 04 October 2006 by t
-, SPACE: This combo released 04 October 2006 by the European Space Agency shows two images of one-half of the Hubble Space Telescope. A seam of stars at the centre of the Milky Way has shown astronomers that an entirely new class of planets closely orbiting distant suns is waiting to be explored, according to a paper published 04 October 2006. The green circles identify nine stars that are orbited by planets with periods of a few days. Planets so close to their stars with such short orbital periods are called "hot Jupiters." These are considered "candidate" exoplanets - planets that orbit stars other than our own - because most of them are too faint to allow for spectroscopic observations that would allow for a precise measure of the planet?s mass. The bottom frame identifies one of two stars in the field where astronomers were able to spectroscopically measure the star?s back-and-forth wobble due to the pull of the planet. The planet turns out to be less than 3.8 Jupiter masses. AFP PHOTO NASA/ESA/K. SAHU (STScI) AND THE SWEEPS SCIENCE TEAM (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture released 04 October 2006 by the
Picture released 04 October 2006 by the
-, SPACE: Picture released 04 October 2006 by the European Space Agency shows one-half of the Hubble Space Telescope field of view. A seam of stars at the centre of the Milky Way has shown astronomers that an entirely new class of planets closely orbiting distant suns is waiting to be explored, according to a paper published 04 October 2006. An international team of astronomers, using a camera aboard NASA's Hubble telescope, delved into a zone of the Milky Way known as the "galactic bulge", thus called because it is rich in stars and in the gas and dust which go to make up stars and planets. The finding opens up a new area of investigation for space scientists probing extrasolar planets - planets that orbit stars other than our own. AFP PHOTO NASA/ESA/K. SAHU (STScI) AND THE SWEEPS SCIENCE TEAM (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
This combo released 04 October 2006 by t
This combo released 04 October 2006 by t
-, SPACE: This combo released 04 October 2006 by the European Space Agency shows two images of one-half of the Hubble Space Telescope field of view. A seam of stars at the centre of the Milky Way has shown astronomers that an entirely new class of planets closely orbiting distant suns is waiting to be explored, according to a paper published 04 October 2006. The green circles identify nine stars that are orbited by planets with periods of a few days. Planets so close to their stars with such short orbital periods are called "hot Jupiters." These are considered "candidate" exoplanets - planets that orbit stars other than our own - because most of them are too faint to allow for spectroscopic observations that would allow for a precise measure of the planet?s mass. The bottom frame identifies one of two stars in the field where astronomers were able to spectroscopically measure the star?s back-and-forth wobble due to the pull of the planet. The planet turns out to be less than 3.8 Jupiter masses. AFP PHOTO NASA/ESA/K. SAHU (STScI) AND THE SWEEPS SCIENCE TEAM (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture released 04 October 2006 by the
Picture released 04 October 2006 by the
-, SPACE: Picture released 04 October 2006 by the European Space Agency shows one-half of the Hubble Space Telescope field of view with nine stars that are orbited by planets with periods of a few days. Planets so close to their stars with such short orbital periods are called "hot Jupiters. These are considered "candidate" exoplanets - planets that orbit stars other than our own - because most of them are too faint to allow for spectroscopic observations that would allow for a precise measure of the planet?s mass. A seam of stars at the centre of the Milky Way has shown astronomers that an entirely new class of planets closely orbiting distant suns is waiting to be explored, according to a paper published 04 October 2006. An international team of astronomers, using a camera aboard NASA's Hubble telescope, delved into a zone of the Milky Way known as the "galactic bulge", thus called because it is rich in stars and in the gas and dust which go to make up stars and planets. The finding opens up a new area of investigation for space scientists probing extrasolar planets. AFP PHOTO NASA/ESA/K. SAHU (STScI) AND THE SWEEPS SCIENCE TEAM (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Picture released 04 October 2006 by the
Picture released 04 October 2006 by the
-, SPACE: Picture released 04 October 2006 by the European Space Agency shows an artist's impression of a unique type of exoplanet discovered with the Hubble Space Telescope. This image presents a purely speculative view of what such a "hot Jupiter" (word dedicated to planets so close to their stars with such short orbital periods) might look like. A seam of stars at the centre of the Milky Way has shown astronomers that an entirely new class of planets closely orbiting distant suns is waiting to be explored, according to a paper published 04 October 2006. An international team of astronomers, using a camera aboard NASA's Hubble telescope, delved into a zone of the Milky Way known as the "galactic bulge", thus called because it is rich in stars and in the gas and dust which go to make up stars and planets. The finding opens up a new area of investigation for space scientists probing extrasolar planets - planets that orbit stars other than our own. AFP PHOTO NASA/ESA/K. SAHU (STScI) AND THE SWEEPS SCIENCE TEAM (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo released by the NASA/ESA Hubble
A photo released by the NASA/ESA Hubble
A photo released by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope on February 5, 2009 of an unusual spiral galaxy in the Coma Galaxy Cluster in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices, the hair of Queen Berenice. The cluster, also known as Abell 1656, is about 320 million light-years from Earth and contains more than 1000 members. The brightest galaxies, including NGC 4921 shown here, were discovered back in the late 18th century by William Herschel. AFP PHOTO/NASA/ESA Hubble (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo released by the NASA/ESA Hubble
A photo released by the NASA/ESA Hubble
A photo released by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope on February 5, 2009 of an unusual spiral galaxy in the Coma Galaxy Cluster in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices, the hair of Queen Berenice. The cluster, also known as Abell 1656, is about 320 million light-years from Earth and contains more than 1000 members. The brightest galaxies, including NGC 4921 shown here, were discovered back in the late 18th century by William Herschel. AFP PHOTO/NASA/ESA Hubble (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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