Astronomers are abuzz today with the Hubble’s new discovery. The most far-flung lensing galaxy ever discovered. And it’s among the biggest. With researchers having the new lensing galaxy to look through, it is a great time to go through some of the most incredible images captured by the Hubble.
Since 1990, it has provided scientists and laymen alike with some of the most powerful images of our universe. It continues to surprise scientists with its versatility, despite approaching 25 years old. Yeah, the days before the Internet, Apple was not a great company and we didn’t even know the concept of social media.
The Antennae Galaxies
These are two galaxies have been locked in a clash for the past few hundred million years. The Milky Way is tame compared to the violence that occurs in these two galaxies. Stars have been ripped apart from their host galaxies to form the arc.
We Are A Speck of ‘Star Stuff’
Neil deGrasse Tyson was right. Looking at this Hubble image of multiple galaxies, we are just a speck of star stuff. It also makes you believe the NASA predictions that we will soon find alien life.
Jupiter and Ganymede
The Hubble is being used to monitor Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot, and this image captures it, and Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede. It’s imaging is so crisp, astronomers are able to make out the impact craters on the moon.
Comet ISON With a Backdrop of Galaxies
Remember the possibility that ISON had last year? This image shows it in it’s full glory, with a backdrop of multiple galaxies. Unfortunately, ISON broke up as it rounded the sun, leaving us without a spectacular celestial show here on Earth.
Galaxy NGC 364
What they lack in interesting names, the Hubble makes up for in spectacular views of galaxies. This spiral galaxy was discovered back in the nineteenth century by Édouard Jean-Marie Stephan. To give you an idea of scale, the galaxy is 120,000 light years across, and over 250 million light years away.
Nebulas are among the most interesting images from the Hubble. It reminds you of a Star Trek episode. Now, if we just had the Enterprise, we could do a bit of exploring. The Carina Nebula lies about 7,500 light years away, and is the star-forming region of in the southern constellation of Carina.
The Butterfly Nebula
With temperatures hitting 20,000 degree Celsius, the Butterfly Nebula is tearing across space at 950,000 kph. At that speed, we could could travel from the Earth to the Moon in about 24 minutes.
Pillars of Creation
Easily one of the more famous Hubble images, this shows stars forming in the Eagle Nebula.
Back in 2001, NASA had an open poll about what area to point the Hubble Telescope at. The Horsehead Nebula easily won, and it’s one of the more iconic Hubble images released. The nebula is one of the most photographed parts of the sky and this image gives us a detailed look at its structure.
This list could go on forever with images captured by the Hubble. Here’s to many more incredible images from the Hubble in the future.
Image Credits: NASA