Hubble’s Newest Pictures

The first new pics from the newly refurbished Hubble space telescope.

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This picture wins the people's choice award for favorite new Hubble snap. celestial object looks like a delicate butterfly. But it is far from serene. What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour -- fast enough to travel from Earth to the moon in 24 minutes!
Brian X. McCrone
The top one is infrared, the bottom is visible light. These two images of a huge pillar of star birth demonstrate how observations taken in visible and in infrared light by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal dramatically different and complementary views of the same thing. The pictures demonstrate one example of the broad wavelength range of the new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) aboard the Hubble telescope, extending from ultraviolet to visible to infrared light.
This is from a new camera installed by the Atlantis astronauts in May, 2009. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped this panoramic view of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars residing in the crowded core of a giant star cluster. This is one of the first images taken by the new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), installed aboard Hubble in May 2009, during Servicing Mission 4. The camera can snap sharp images over a broad range of wavelengths.
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A clash among members of a famous galaxy quintet reveals an assortment of stars across a wide color range, from young, blue stars to aging, red stars. This portrait of Stephan’s Quintet, also known as Hickson Compact Group 92, was taken by the new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
This image of barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217 is the first image of a celestial object taken with the newly repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. The camera was restored to operation during the STS-125 servicing mission in May to upgrade Hubble. The barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217 was photographed on June 13 and July 8, 2009, as part of the initial testing and calibration of Hubble's ACS.
Hubble's newly repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) has peered nearly 5 billion light-years away to resolve intricate details in the galaxy cluster Abell 370. Abell 370 is one of the very first galaxy clusters where astronomers observed the phenomenon of gravitational lensing, where the warping of space by the cluster’s gravitational field distorts the light from galaxies lying far behind it. This is manifested as arcs and streaks in the picture, which are the stretched images of background galaxies.
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May 19, 2009: This still image of the Hubble Space Telescope was captured by a shuttle Atlantis crew member as the two spacecraft parted ways. Hubble will probably never be seen up close and personal, like this, again. During the week five spacewalks were performed to complete the final servicing mission for the orbital observatory.
The Hubble Space Telescope temporarily played a role akin to a house of mirrors as astronaut John Grunsfeld photographed a portrait of his own reflection in the shiny surface of the giant orbital observatory. The final space walk to perform work on the telescope by STS-125 Mission Specialists Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel, finished up chores by replacing outer blanket layer insulation on Hubble.
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STS-125 Mission Specialist Andrew Feustel navigates near the Hubble Space Telescope on the end of the remote manipulator system arm, controlled from inside Atlantis' crew cabin. Mission Specialist John Grunsfeld signals to his crewmate from just a few feet away. Feustel and Grunsfeld were continuing servicing work on the giant observatory, locked down in the cargo bay of the shuttle.
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In this tightly cropped image the NASA space shuttle Atlantis and the Hubble Space Telescope are seen in silhouette, side by side during solar transit at 12:17p.m. EDT, Wednesday, May 13, 2009, from west of Vero Beach, Florida. The two spaceships were at an altitude of 600 km and they zipped across the sun in only 0.8 seconds.
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