Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hubble's Incredible Images

Today let's focus on galaxies. Here are some of my favorites: (Note: I'm not attempting to explain what Hubble "sees." I'm simply broadcasting the images. There are better places--including the Hubble site--to access the scientific information).
Giant Disk of Cold Gas and Dust Fuels Possible Black Hole at the Core of NGC 4261
Credit: Walter Jaffe/Leiden Observatory, Holland Ford/JHU/STScI, andNASA

Possible Ring of New Stars in Edge-On Galaxy NGC 4013
Credit: NASA, The NICMOS Group (STScIESA) and The NICMOS Science Team (Univ. of Arizona)

Credit: NASAESA, J. Merten (Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Heidelberg/Astronomical Observatory of Bologna), and D. Coe (STScI)

A Galactic Spectacle
Credit: NASAESA, SAO, CXC, JPL-Caltech, and STScI

There are many more (access them here)

And for a good explanation of how those Hubble images come about, here's a video.

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