Hubble Sends Us Beautiful Retro Postcards for Its 25th Birthday

Monday, 27 April 2015 - 2:27PM
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Monday, 27 April 2015 - 2:27PM
Hubble Sends Us Beautiful Retro Postcards for Its 25th Birthday
Hubble's 25th anniversary was on Friday, and while NASA's celebratory celestial fireworks were our favorite, this runs a close second. Open University said "happy birthday" to Hubble with these beautiful "Postcards from Space" using some of the most stunning deep space Hubble images from over the years. Wish you were here!

The Galactic Center


Hubble Sends Us Beautiful Postcards from Space for Its 25th Birthday

[Credit: The Open University]



The center of our galaxy, in all likelihood contains a supermassive black hole, but Hubble was able to directly detect that it is also home to massive stars. 

The Red Rectangle Nebula


Hubble Sends Us Beautiful Postcards from Space for Its 25th Birthday

[Credit: The Open University]



A protoplanetary nebula in the Monoceros constellation, the Red Rectangle Nebula is the result of material that is shed from a central star.

The Sombrero Galaxy


Hubble Sends Us Beautiful Postcards from Space for Its 25th Birthday

[Credit: The Open University]



The Sombrero Galaxy is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo, of interest to astronomers as a result of the supermassive black hole in its center, a large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane. It is an exceptionally large object, equivalent to approximately 800 billion suns. 

The Cone Nebula


Hubble Sends Us Beautiful Postcards from Space for Its 25th Birthday

[Credit: The Open University]



Captured by Hubble in 1997, the Cone Nebula is part of a larger star-forming structure approximately 2,700 light-years from Earth.

Messier54


Hubble Sends Us Beautiful Postcards from Space for Its 25th Birthday

[Credit: The Open University]



Open University gets cute with the puns with Messier54, a globular cluster that is 850,000 times more luminous than the Sun and can easily be found in the night sky.

Cetus


Hubble Sends Us Beautiful Postcards from Space for Its 25th Birthday

[Credit: The Open University]



The above postcard pictures the spiral galaxy NGC 1073 within the constellation Cetus, so named after a sea monster in Greek mythology.

Via The Washington Post.
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