The Hubble Telescope has been active for nearly a quarter of a century now. The telescope shows us a tiny fraction of what it sees and then images are created from these tiny fractions. Here are 11 of the greatest photos from the Hubble Telescope:
The image above shows the bright southern hemisphere star RS Puppis. At the centre of the image, you can see reflective dust that is illuminated by the star. The RS Puppis rhythmically dims and brightens over a cycle of six weeks.
An astrophotographer took science data from the Hubble Telescope and combined it with his own ground-based observations to assemble this photo. The image shows a magnificent spiral galaxy.
The image shows a brilliant white core that is encircled by thick dust lanes in this spiral galaxy. The galaxy is 28 million light years from Earth.
This image from the Hubble Telescope shows a star-forming region, the LH 95, in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The LH 95 is just one of hundreds of star-forming systems.
The image above shows the core of the spectacular globular cluster, the Omega Centauri, which glitters with the combined light of approximately 2 million stars. The Omega Centauri lies 17,000 light years away from the Earth.
The image shows a giant spiral disk of stars, gas, and dust 170-000 light years across. This giant spiral disk is nearly twice the diameter of our Milky Way galaxy. The M101 is estimated to contain at least one trillion stars, and about 100 billion of them could be similar to the size of our Sun.
The image above shows a colorful nebula, called NGC 604. It is one of the largest known seething cauldrons of star birth in a nearby galaxy. The NGC 604 lies in a spiral arm near the galaxy M33. It is located about 2.7 million light years away.
The image above shows the dwarf galaxy NGC 4214, which is ablaze with young stars and gas clouds.
The image shows a massive, young stellar grouping called the R136. It is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula. The 30 Doradus Nebula is a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way.
This image shows a view of one of the most dynamic and intricately detailed star-forming regions in space. It is located 210,000 light years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud, which is a satellite galaxy of our own, the Milky Way. At the centre of the image, you can see a brilliant star cluster, called the NGC 346.
The image above shows the Butterfly Nebula, also known as the Bug Nebula. The butterfly-shaped nebula consists of heated gas made up of nitrogen and oxygen. The nebula tears through space at speeds that exceed 60,000 miles an hour.
These are just a few of the greatest photos taken from the Hubble Telescope. However, there are thousands more, which are even more fascinating and mind blowing.