A look at the 20 most beautiful images of the Hubble telescope


On the occasion of the publication of the first qualitative images of the JWST, scheduled for Tuesday 12 July, we have selected for you a series of the most beautiful photos immortalized by the Hubble Space Telescope. In operation since 1990, the orbiting spacecraft scans the edges of the Universe and has delivered us a plethora of breathtaking celestial objects over 32 years of good and loyal service. Designed and first used by scientists, this cosmic lookout also made the entire planet dream by sharing its lavish discoveries.

1. The Southern Crab Nebula

Located in 14,500 light years in the constellation Centaurus, this formation derives from a pair of stars, a red giant and a white dwarf.

Southern Crab Nebula
Southern Crab Nebula. Credits: NASA, ESA and STScI / Wikimedia

2. Spiral galaxy M83

Here is an intermediate spiral galaxy, called M83 in Messier’s catalog. She turns to 15 million light years in the constellation of Hydra. The bright pink and blue colors reveal a galaxy in which star formation is very active.

Spiral galaxy M83
Spiral galaxy M83. Credits: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)

3. The “pillars of creation”

Within the Eagle Nebula are the “Pillars of Creation”, structures of stellar gas and dust. These three columns are measured in light years and will give birth to young stars. On the other hand, the nebula (M16) is between 5500 and 7000 light years of the solar system.

The "Pillars of Creation"
The “pillars of creation”. Credits: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)

4. The Ant Nebula

Discovered in 1992 in the southern constellation of the Sovereign, the Ant Nebula is a planetary nebula located between 3000 and 8000 light years. The image shows the thorax and head of a crawling, ant-like insect. The masses of gas ejected from both sides are ejected by the dying central star.

Ant Nebula
Ant Nebula. Credits: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)

5. The Monkey Head Nebula

The nebulae form unique architectures. Taken in infrared a 5100 light years from Earth, that of the Monkey Head (NGC 2174) is no exception. If you look closely, the image reveals the face of a primate seen in profile, mouth forward, at the end of the gaseous cloud. A splendor among others of the constellation of Orion.

Monkey Head Nebula
Monkey Head Nebula. Credits: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)

6. A galactic “rose”

It is clearly seen in the image deformation caused by tidal forces of the smaller of the two galaxies on its sister, the UGC 1810 galaxy. Thus one gets the impression of contemplating an immense galactic “rose”.

Interaction of two galaxies
Interaction between two galaxies. Credits: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)


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