There’s no question about it: space is a fantastic place! In effort to learn more about it, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope on April 24th, 1990. Since then, Hubble has sent back well over a million “observations.” Curious to see some of the most remarkable photos captured? Check out these 25 Fascinating Hubble Telescope Images You’ve Got To See!
Globular Cluster Messier 79 (M79, NGC 1904)
Located 41,000 light years away from Earth is this festive-looking Globular Cluster in the constellation Lepus. According to the HubbleSite:
“In the Hubble image, Sun-like stars appear yellow. The reddish stars are bright giants that represent the final stages of a star’s life. Most of the blue stars sprinkled throughout the cluster are aging “helium-burning” stars. These bright blue stars have exhausted their hydrogen fuel and are now fusing helium in their cores.
A scattering of fainter blue stars are “blue stragglers.” These unusual stars glow in blue light, mimicking the appearance of hot, young stars. Blue stragglers form either by the merger of stars in a binary system or by the collision of two unrelated stars in M79’s crowded core.”
White Dwarf Star Stein 2051 B
The big bright start in this photo is a White Dwarf Star, which is basically the remaining part, or the burnt out core, of a normal star. Stein 2051 B is 17 light years from Earth; the small star below it is actually 5,000 light years away, despite the fact that it might look like the two stars are much closer to each other.
The Orion Nebula is basically a nursery for new stars, located only 1,500 light years from Earth, slightly below Orion’s Belt. If the conditions are right, you can actually see this Nebula with the naked eye, with January being a being the peak month to observe it.
Crab Nebula (Black/White)
A Nebula is a giant interstellar cloud of dust and various gases. In the center of this Nebula is the core of an exploded star. The remnant of the star has the mass of the Sun compressed into a ball only a few miles across and is a 100 billion times stronger than steel. It spins 30 times a second and produces a magnetic field that generates 1 trillion volts.
A Hubble View of Supernova 1987A
Supernovas are huge final explosions of massive stars. The green ring shown in this Hubble image is the shock wave resulting from this star’s boom.
Feature: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI), 25. NASA and ESA, Acknowledgment: S. Djorgovski (Caltech) and F. Ferraro (University of Bologna), 24. NASA, ESA, and K. Sahu (STScI), 23. NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team, 22. NASA and ESA; Acknowledgment: M. Weisskopf (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center), 21. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF); Hubble Credit: NASA, ESA, and R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), 20. NASA, ESA, and J. Nichols (University of Leicester); Acknowledgment: A. Simon (NASA/GSFC) and the OPAL team, 19. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), 18. NASA, ESA, and J. Maíz Apellániz (Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, Spain); Acknowledgment: N. Smith (University of Arizona), 17. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), 16. NASA, ESA, A. Calamida and K. Sahu (STScI), and the SWEEPS Science Team, 15. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), 14. NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team, 13.NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), 12. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), 11. NASA, ESA, S. Baum and C. O’Dea (RIT), R. Perley and W. Cotton (NRAO/AUI/NSF), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), 10. Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama), 9. NASA, ESA, and F. Courbin (EPFL, Switzerland), 8. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), 7. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), 6. NASA, ESA, A. Riess (STScI/JHU), L. Macri (Texas A&M University), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), 5. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration; Acknowledgment: M. Crockett and S. Kaviraj (Oxford University, UK), R. O’Connell (University of Virginia), B. Whitmore (STScI), and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee, 4. NASA, ESA, M. Regan and B. Whitmore (STScI), and R. Chandar (University of Toledo), 3. NASA, ESA, and J. Anderson and R. van der Marel (STScI), 2. NASA, ESA, and Jonathan Nichols (University of Leicester), 1. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team