Hubble is Awesome

13 08 2009
The Hubble Space Telescope. It's a telescope, in space, named after a guy named Hubble. What more do you need to know?

The Hubble Space Telescope. It's a telescope, in space, named after a guy called Hubble. What more do you need to know?

Did you know that the Hubble Space Telescope is awesome? Probably. But did you know you have access to a huge gallery of amazing images taken with everyone’s favorite orbiting telescope? Maybe not! Well now you do! Go here for a hugenormous gallery of stellar photographs of celestial bodies that are truly out of this world. Check below the break for a sampling.

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Here’s a few that I like.

The Sombrero Galaxy:

The Sombrero Galaxy, aka NGC 4594, is a spiral galaxy viewed edge-on. The mighty mass of material swirls about a central, supermassive black hole.

The Sombrero Galaxy, aka NGC 4594, is a spiral galaxy viewed edge-on. The mighty mass of material swirls about a central, supermassive black hole.

The Mice:

The Mice, named for their tails of stars and dust, are a pair of galaxies that seem to have collided. Material from one is drawn off by the other. Some day in the long, dark, future, these two galaxies will be one.

The Mice, named for their tails of stars and dust, are a pair of galaxies that seem to have collided. Material from one is drawn off by the other. Some day in the long, dark, future, these two galaxies will be one.

And finally, the Cat’s Eye Nebula, which to me looks very little like a cat’s eye:

The Cat's Eye Nebula lies 3300 light-years from Earth and was formed when the star at the center periodically ejected layers of hot gas. If only my ejections of hot gas were so beautiful.

The Cat's Eye Nebula lies 3300 light-years from Earth and was formed when the star at the center periodically ejected layers of hot gas. I also periodically eject hot gas, but the results are never quite as beautiful.

That’s just a small sample of the wonders to be found! Hubble is really wonderful, because not only does it bring in a tremendous wealth of valuable scientific data, but it also helps us to see and appreciate the beautiful and incredible place we live in. How can anyone react with anything other than awe and stupefaction when they realize the universe is populated with such objects? So go now, click and be amazed at the bounty of beautiful things in our dear universe!

-Neil

Update:
Aw, jeez, the Hubble is so great. I have more for you.

The Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula. This is a place where interstellar gas and dust has come together in sufficient quantities to enable star formation.

The Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula. You're looking at massive spire-like clouds of interstellar gas and dust. Places like this are where interstellar gas and dust has come together in sufficient quantities to create new stars.

This is the Black Eye Galaxy. It has an outer ring of material that spins the opposite direction of all the rest of the matter in the galaxy. This material is thought to be the result of an ancient galactic collision.

This is the Black Eye Galaxy. It has an outer ring of material that spins the opposite direction of all the rest of the matter in the galaxy. This material is thought to be the result of an ancient galactic collision.

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This is a ring of dust swirling around a black hole.

The Carina Nebula.

The Carina Nebula.

The galaxy Centaurus A.

The galaxy Centaurus A.

The Horsehead Nebula. I personally think it looks more like a roaring lion.

The Horsehead Nebula. I personally think it looks more like a roaring lion.

Cloud of expelled material surrounding super giant V838 Monocerotis.

Cloud of expelled material surrounding super giant V838 Monocerotis.

Our very own Jupiter.

Our very own Jupiter.

Closeup of Jupiter's clouds.

Closeup of Jupiter's clouds.

An aurora on Saturn.

An aurora on Saturn.

Finally, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Take a good hard look at this and really think about it. The narrator describes this picture as “the most important image ever taken.” I don’t think this is an overstatement.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this as much as I have. It makes one feel blessed to think that we live in the time when humanity first opened its eyes to the vastness and beauty of the cosmos.

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2 responses

13 08 2009
aclher

SWEET!!!

13 08 2009
thisisntcody

Also, did you know that when launched, the Hubble had a defect on its main mirror which that caused it to be 2.2 micrometers (that’s 1 x 10^ -6 meters, or very very small) out of shape. This defect prevented the sharp focus required for all the above images, and an astronaut was required to install what was essentially a set of eyeglasses over the mirror to correct the defect.

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