Some of the Best of Hubble

These pictures can be found in high resolution at the Hubble Site

 

Ant Nebula

TThe Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas whose technical name is Mz3, resembles an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes. The nebula lies within our galaxy between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth

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Hourglass Nebula

The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light years away, has a pinched-in-the-middle look because the 'winds' that shape it are weaker at the centre

Sombrero

The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across

Cat's Eye Nebula

Cat's Eye Nebula, which looks like the eye of disembodied sorcerer Sauron from Lord of the Rings

Starry Night

Starry Night, so named because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting. It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way

Cone Nebula

The part pictured here is 2.5 light years in length (the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the Moon)

Horse Head Nebula

The unusual shape was first discovered in 1888 by Williamina Fleming on photographic plate B2312 taken at the Harvard College Observatory.

Eskimo

 Nebula NGC 2392 is called Eskimo because it looks like a face surrounded by a furry hood. The hood is, in fact, a ring of comet-shaped objects flying away from a dying star. Eskimo is 5,000 light years from Earth

Glowing Eyes

The glowering eyes from 114 million light years away are the swirling cores of two merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the distant Canis Major constellation

Trifid Nebula

The Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar nursery', 9,000 light years from here, it is where new stars are being born

The Perfect Storm in the Swan Nebula

The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula, 5,500 light years away, described as 'a bubbly ocean of hydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulpur and other elements'

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