The Hubble Telescope's Greatest Hits

By Sean Hutchinson,

The Hubble Telescope's Greatest Hits

 Earlier this year the Hubble Telescope turned 25. Ridiculed for its early bugs, the telescope soon allowed us to look deeper into our universe than we ever have before. It has miles to go before the James Webb Space Telescope replaces it in 2018. But this milestone was one not to overlook. Here are some of its most awe-inspiring photos, to the farthest edges of human perception, literally into the distant past.

The Hubble made like your girlfriend on Instagram and captured this image of the so-called Large Magellanic Cloud using a set of filters — though these ones were infrared — to bring out the ocean-like scene above, which is a nebula that orbits our Milky Way galaxy.

 This galaxy, called NGC 6503, is all by its lonesome in the Local Void, an expanse 150 million light-years wide, 18 million light-years away from the Milky Way. The blue regions around its edges are newly forming stars.

 The Arches Cluster seen above, in the heart of the Milky Way near the constellation of Sagittarius, is denser than a David Foster Wallace novel. In fact, it’s the most tightly packed star cluster in our galaxy, and those bright dots that look like Christmas lights in the photo are actually among the brightest stars ever discovered.

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