Monday, November 17, 2008

Hubble Pictures from Space

Astronomers Select Top Ten Most Amazing Pictures Taken by Hubble Space Telescope in Last 16 Years

'...they illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.'

 Michael Hanlon/AH (Nov 25th, 2006)

 After correcting an initial problem with the lens, when the Hubble Space Telescope was first launched in 1990, the floating astro-observatory began to relay back to Ear th, incredible snapshots of the 'final frontier' it was perusing.

 Recently, astronauts voted on the top photographs taken by Hubble in its 16-year journey so far. Remarking in the article from the Daily Mail, reporter Michael Hanlon says the photos 'illustrate that our universe is not onl y deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.' 


Hubble Telescope's top ten greatest space photographs.     Awesome!!!   



 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.   



 The 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.   


  In third place is Nebula NGC 2392, 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.   

 At four is the Cat's Eye 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.   

  In sixth place is the Cone Nebula.  The part pictured

 here is 2.5 light years in length (the equivalent of

23 million return trips to the Moon).   


 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, sulphur

 and other elements'.   


 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.   


 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.   




 The Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar nursery', 9,000 light

years from here, it is where new stars are being born.


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Thanks Jim E.


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