Hubble Telescope's Top Ten Greatest Space Photographs

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Hubble Telescope's Top Ten Greatest Space Photographs

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 Earth, 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 only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly
beautiful.

Enjoy!

Hubble Telescopes 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 Cats 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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[CENTER]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.

http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780253_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

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[CENTER]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.


http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780294_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

[CENTER]2[/CENTER]

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[CENTER]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.


http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780295_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

[CENTER]3[/CENTER]

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[CENTER]At four is the Cats Eye Nebula.

http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780297_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

[CENTER]4[/CENTER]

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[CENTER]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

http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780299_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

[CENTER]5[/CENTER]

Original Poster

[CENTER]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).


http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780301_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

[CENTER]6[/CENTER]

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[CENTER]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
http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780302_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

[CENTER]7[/CENTER]

Original Poster

[CENTER]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

http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780304_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

[CENTER]8[/CENTER]

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[CENTER]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.

http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780306_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

[CENTER]9[/CENTER]

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

http://www.fwditon.com/attachments/2008/11/2/122566780308_ATT.jpg[/CENTER]

[CENTER]10[/CENTER]

Beautifully strange. Warhol meets Dali on a drunken night.

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kyalion;3366234

Beautifully strange. Warhol meets Dali on a drunken night.


That's a great way of expressing it! lol ... morning Kyalion

Its hard to comprehend the scale of things that are out there. We're just a blip on the lens in some obscure dark corner in the far distance from everything else.
:santa:

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StevenA2000_uk;3366387

Its hard to comprehend the scale of things that are out there. We're just … Its hard to comprehend the scale of things that are out there. We're just a blip on the lens in some obscure dark corner in the far distance from everything else. :santa:


quite true .. I was about to attempt my diet again this morning but after seeing the above now feel I am quite small enough :-D

Banned

Great pics. Did you take them yourself? :w00t:

I remember when the sat first went up... everyone laughed in the first week, but its probably proved to be the most successful ever launched!

Far east fakes ooze into the marketplace.....hubble telescope design … Far east fakes ooze into the marketplace.....hubble telescope design breached...



http://neatorama.cachefly.net/images/2008-04/3d-camera.jpg

Pictures that can only inspire....

Even a child can work it! DOH!



http://www.dphotojournal.com/wp-content/canon_xxx.jpg

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guv;3367252

Great pics. Did you take them yourself? :w00t:I remember when the sat … Great pics. Did you take them yourself? :w00t:I remember when the sat first went up... everyone laughed in the first week, but its probably proved to be the most successful ever launched!


why of course ............. :-D .............with my new TZ5 ................. Panasonic rule :thumbsup:

I love the choices they make for false colour. I wish I was in charge of that. The patterns are beautiful.:thumbsup:

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chesso;3367592

I love the choices they make for false colour. I wish I was in charge of … I love the choices they make for false colour. I wish I was in charge of that. The patterns are beautiful.:thumbsup:


Are the colours not real then ?

snowtiger;3368237

Are the colours not real then ?


Most are false but chosen to represent something like the atoms present in a particular region or the rays being sent out. If you look at the 'original NASA' images of the day and so on, you'll see that they are mainly false color.

How the telescope works
nasa.gov/wor…tml
How the colours were chosen for one image
apod.gsfc.nasa.gov/apo…tml

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chesso;3368312

Most are false but chosen to represent something like the atoms present … Most are false but chosen to represent something like the atoms present in a particular region or the rays being sent out. If you look at the 'original NASA' images of the day and so on, you'll see that they are mainly false color.How the telescope workshttp://www.nasa.gov/worldbook/hubble_telescope_worldbook.htmlHow the colours were chosen for one imagehttp://apod.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap060324.html



I see ... thanks for the links :thumbsup:

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[CENTER]]http://apod.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0603/Rosette_ballauer_640.jpg[/CENTER]
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