Where The Heck Are We? More Pics From The Hubble

slide_2627_36972_large“What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour — fast enough to travel from Earth to the moon in 24 minutes!”

slide_2627_36973_large“These two images of a huge pillar of star birth demonstrate how observations taken in visible and in infrared light by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope reveal dramatically different and complementary views of an object.”

slide_2627_36974_large“NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope snapped this panoramic view of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars residing in the crowded core of a giant star cluster.”

slide_2627_36975_large“The Hubble Space Telescope’s newly repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) has peered nearly 5 billion light-years away to resolve intricate details in the galaxy cluster Abell 370.”

slide_2627_36976_large“This image of barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217 is the first image of a celestial object taken with the newly repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope.”

Abell 370, Advanced Camera, butterfly, Hubble, infrared, NASA, NGC 6217, telescope, Where The Heck Are We?“Active Galaxy Markarian 817.”

hs-2009-18-a-large_web“Interacting Galaxies Group Arp 194.”

Picture 18“Interacting Spiral Galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163.”

Picture 15“A clash among members of a famous galaxy quintet reveals an assortment of stars across a wide color range, from young, blue stars to aging, red stars. This portrait of Stephan’s Quintet, also known as Hickson Compact Group 92, was taken by the new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Stephan’s Quintet, as the name implies, is a group of five galaxies. The name, however, is a bit of a misnomer. Studies have shown that group member NGC 7320, at upper left, is actually a foreground galaxy about seven times closer to Earth than the rest of the group.”

Picture 17“Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars in our Galaxy, suffered a giant outburst about 150 years ago, which make it one of the brightest stars in the southern sky.  The signature balloon-shaped clouds of gas blown from a pair of massive stars called Eta Carinae have tantalized astronomers for decades. Eta Carinae has a volatile temperament, prone to violent outbursts over the past 200 years.

Observations by the newly repaired Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope reveal some of the chemical elements that were ejected in the eruption seen in the middle of the 19th century.”

To learn more and to see more photos, visit the official Hubble Space Telescope site: http://www.hubblesite.org/

Where The Heck Are We? More Pics From The Hubble

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