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2015

17 breathtaking pictures produced by the Hubble Space Telescope

As the Hubble Space Telescope prepares to celebrate 25 years since its launch, we look at some of the most iconic images that it’s taken. Launched in 1990, it is one of the largest, most versatile and well-known space telescopes in operation.

 

1. Antennae Galaxies

 

Antennae Galaxies

 

2. Butterfly emerges from planetary nebula

 

Butterfly emerges from stellar demise in planetary nebula NGC 63

 

3. Crab Nebula

 

Most detailed image of the Crab Nebula

 

4. Eagle Nebula

 

The Eagle has risen: Stellar spire in the Eagle Nebula

 

5. Galaxies galore

 

Hubble sees galaxies galore

 

6. Horsehead Nebula

 

Horsehead Nebula

 

7. Light echo unveils dust patterns

 

Light continues to echo three years after stellar outburst

 

8. Magnetic monster

 

Magnetic monster NGC 1275

 

9. New stars create a cavity

 

New stars shed light on the past

 

10. NGC 1316

 

Hubble Spies Cosmic Dust Bunnies

 

11. Orion Nebula

 

Hubble's sharpest view of the Orion Nebula

 

12. Pillars of Creation

 

New view of the Pillars of Creation — visible

 

13. Rose made of galaxies

 

A rose made of galaxies

 

14. Sombrero Galaxy

 

Hubble Mosaic of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy

 

15. Star cluster bursts into life

 

Extreme star cluster bursts into life in new Hubble image

 

16. Whirlpool Galaxy

 

Out of this whirl: The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and companion gala

 

17. Young stars sculpt dust and gas

 

Young stars sculpt gas with powerful outflows

(All from Hubble Space Telescope/NASA/ESA)

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