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The Hubble Space Telescope's Most Amazing Photos of Our Universe

The Hubble Space Telescope's Most Amazing Photos of Our Universe

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Launched by NASA in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has brought us incredible observations of distant planets, galaxies that are trillions of light years away, stars dying, black holes, and other unearthly phenomenons.

Many of these observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics such as Hubble's Law, which provided the first observational basis for the expansion of the universe. Today Hubble's law serves as the most cited evidence for the big bang theory. 

Since the telescope orbits Earth above our atmosphere, it can peer much, much deeper into space, allowing us to observe the universe as it was millions and even billions of years ago - all possible due to the speed of light

So, without further adue, here a few of the Hubble Telescopes' most impressive photos to date.

Mankind's Deepest View of the Universe 

Researchers credit this photo with providing the missing link in star formation. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014 image is the deepest image of the universe known to be taken, comprised of several exposures from 2003 to 2012.

Forming New Stars

Interstellar gas and dust form elephant trunks in the Eagle Nebula, some 7,000 light years away from Earth. Named the "Pillars of Creation" because the gas and dust are creating new stars. 

Massive Stars Ends in Supernova Explosion

Photo of "The Crab Nebula." The remnant of a massive star that ended in a supernova explosion. 

The Sprawling Milky Way with Powerful Microwave Energy

NASA: Seen from our edge-on perspective, the Milky Way Galaxy sprawls across the middle of this false-color, all sky view.

The Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula is the nearest location of star formation to Earth at approxmiately 1,300 light-years away.

All photo credit goes to NASA.

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