Passing on some Photos Revolving through Internet for Several Years Now

Since today is Sunday and a day of rest in most countries, let me share the photos from an email circulating for years on the internet.  Perhaps some have seen these photos from Hubble but have forgotten their message to us on earth.

Astronomers Select Top Ten
Most Amazing Pictures Taken
by Hubble Space Telescope in
Last 16 Years
‘…they illustrate that our universe is not only
deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.’
Michael Hanlon/AH (Nov 25th, 2006)

After correcting an initial problem with the lens,

when the Hubble Space Telescope was first launched
in 1990, the floating astro-observatory began to relay
back to Earth, incredible snap shots of the ‘final frontier’
it was perusing.

Recently, astronauts voted on the top photographs

taken by Hubble in its 16-year journey so far.
Remarking in the article from the Daily Mail, reporter
Michael Hanlon says the photos ‘illustrate that our
universe is not only deeply strange, but also
almost impossibly beautiful.’


Hubble Telescope’s top ten greatest space photographs.

The Sombrero Galaxy-28 million light years from Earth
was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope.
The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104,
are as spectacular as its appearance.
It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.
The Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas whose
technical name is Mz3, resembles an ant when
observed using ground-based telescopes.. .
The nebula lies within our galaxy between
3,000 and 6,000 light years from earth
In third place is Nebula NGC 2392, 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.
At four is the Cat’s Eye Nebula.
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 center
In sixth place is the Cone Nebula.
The part pictured here is 2.5 light years in length
(the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the Moon).
The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula,
5,500 light years away, described as ‘a bubbly ocean
of hydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulphur
and other elements’.
Starry Night, so named because it reminded
astronomers of the Van Gogh painting.
It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.
The glowering eyes from 114 million light years away
are the swirling cores of two merging galaxies called
NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the distant Canis Major constellation.
The Trifid Nebula. A ‘stellar nursery’, 9,000 light years
from here, it is where new stars are being born.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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