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Hubble  Telescope's top 10 greatest space photographs.      

Shared with Native Village by William Howe

www.billhowe.org

 

# 1
   
The Sombrero Galaxy - 28,000,000 light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope.  The galaxy's dimensions, officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800,000,000,000 suns and is 50,000 light years across.  

 


   
# 2

The Ant  Nebula is a cloud of dust and gas whose technical name is Mz3.  It resembles an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes.  The nebula lies within our galaxy between 3,000 - 6,000 light years from Earth.  

 

   

#3

 

Nebula NGC 2392 is 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.  

 

   
  # 4 

 

The Cat's Eye Nebula.  

 

 

# 5

 


   
 
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.  

 

   
 # 6 

 

The Cone Nebula.  The part pictured here is 25 light years in length (this equals 23,000,000 return trips to the Moon).  

 

   
# 7

 

The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula, is 5,500 light years away. It is described as "a bubbly ocean of hydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulphur and other elements".  

 

   
   

# 8

 

Starry  Night earned it's name because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh  painting.  It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky  Way.  

 

 

   
# 9

The glowering eyes from 114,000,000 light years away are the swirling cores of two merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 located in the Canis Major constellation.  
   

 

   
   # 10

 

 The Trifid Nebula is a "stellar nursery" 9,000 light years from here. It's a place where new stars are born.