New Images from Hubble!!

9 09 2009
This spectacular jet of gas and dust in the constellation Carina was just released by the Hubble team.

This spectacular image of a jet of gas and dust in the constellation Carina was just released by the Hubble team.

Is it Christmas already? Hubble has recovered from a May 2009 service mission and its attendant scientists have released new data and images. Go check it out on the Hubble website, here.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

The goal of the May 2009 mission was “to replenish the ‘tool kit’ of Hubble instruments,” drastically increasing its capabilities. The images it produces from here on out will be clearer and more precise than any before. It will also be able to see further into space than any other telescope – scientists on the Hubble team hope to capture images of objects 13 billion light years away. If it accomplishes this, we humans will be getting a glimpse of the universe as it existed moments after its birth. Well, hundreds of millions of years hardly constitute “moments,” but still. It’s really impressive. I’m going to stop now and give you some pictures to stare at. Check out the link above for more.

This is NGC 6302, an incredible supernova blast remnant. The originating star is at the center of the object, obscured by a ring of dark dust. Though the image is static, do not forget that the gas pictured is rushing away from its parent star at extreme speeds!

This is NGC 6302, an incredible supernova blast remnant. The originating star is at the center of the object, obscured by a ring of dark dust. Though the image is static, do not forget that the gas pictured is rushing away from its parent star at extreme speeds!

Next!

Beautiful barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217.

Beautiful barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217.

One more, home court advantage.

A brand spanking new picture of our solar system's largest planet. Hubble has produced the highest resolution picture of the planet ever.

A brand spanking new picture of our solar system's largest planet. Hubble has produced the highest resolution picture of the planet ever. Note the black spot at the bottom right. This scar is the result of a recent impact by what was probably a comet. It is roughly the size of the Pacific Ocean.

What are you waiting for?? Go look at those pictures!!!

-Neil

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