The Hubble was carried into orbit in 1990, and it is still one of the world’s largest and most versatile space telescopes. Not only it helped solving some long-standing problems in astronomy, but it has also turned up results that have required new theories to explain them.
But the registers made with the equipment are not only useful for science: they’re also delightful to the eyes. A fascinating collection of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and much more is available at the telescope’s official website, where it is also possible to download desktop wallpapers and make prints of your favorite pictures.
Check out some images taken from its gallery:
A mountain of dust and gas rising in the Carina Nebula. The top of a three-light-year tall pillar of cool hydrogen is being worn away by the radiation of nearby stars, while stars within the pillar unleash jets of gas that stream from the peaks
The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant, all that remains of a tremendous stellar explosion. Observers in China and Japan recorded the supernova nearly 1,000 years ago, in 1054
The Cat’s Eye Nebula, one of the first planetary nebulae discovered, also has one of the most complex forms known to this kind of nebula. Eleven rings, or shells, of gas make up the Cat’s Eye
The Helix Nebula: a gaseous envelope expelled by a dying star
The Sombrero Galaxy in infrared light
A Sun-like star ends its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which form a cocoon around the star’s remaining core. Ultraviolet light makes the material glow. The burned-out star, called a white dwarf, is the white dot in the center
Three moons cast shadows on Jupiter
An infrared view of Saturn
Light echoes from red supergiant star V838 Monocerotis
When a massive star exploded, spewing out its gaseous layers into a turbulent, star-forming region of the Large Magellanic Cloud, it left behind this chaotic cloud of gas and dust. The star that produced this supernova remnant was probably 50 times the mass of our Sun