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A rose made of galaxies
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A rose made of galaxies
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Extreme star cluster bursts into life in new Hubble image
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Extreme star cluster bursts into life in new Hubble image
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Stellar Nursery in the arms of NGC 1672
Antennae Galaxies reloaded
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Antennae Galaxies reloaded
Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

New infrared view of the Horsehead Nebula — Hubble’s 23rd anniversary image
Magnetic monster NGC 1275
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Magnetic monster NGC 1275
Credit:

NASA, ESA and Andy Fabian (University of Cambridge, UK)

Hubble sees galaxies galore
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Hubble sees galaxies galore
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team

Hubble's sharpest view of the Orion Nebula
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Hubble's sharpest view of the Orion Nebula
Credit:

NASA, ESA, M. Robberto ( Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

Most detailed image of the Crab Nebula
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Most detailed image of the Crab Nebula
Credit:

NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University). Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

Hubble Mosaic of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy
The magnificent starburst galaxy Messier 82
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The magnificent starburst galaxy Messier 82
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: J. Gallagher (University of Wisconsin), M. Mountain (STScI) and P. Puxley (NSF).

The Eagle has risen: Stellar spire in the Eagle Nebula
Pillars of Creation
Butterfly emerges from stellar demise in planetary nebula NGC 6302
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Butterfly emerges from stellar demise in planetary nebula NGC 6302
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Young stars sculpt gas with powerful outflows
A poster-size image of the beautiful barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300
Hubble view of M 106
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Hubble view of M 106
Credit:

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and R. Gendler (for the Hubble Heritage Team). Acknowledgment: J. GaBany

Hubble captures view of “Mystic Mountain”
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Hubble captures view of “Mystic Mountain”
Credit:

NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

Galactic wreckage in Stephan's Quintet
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Galactic wreckage in Stephan's Quintet
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217
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Barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Dramatically backlit dust lanes in NGC 7049
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Dramatically backlit dust lanes in NGC 7049
Credit:

NASA, ESA and W. Harris (McMaster University, Ontario, Canada)

Holiday Wishes from the Hubble Space Telescope
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Holiday Wishes from the Hubble Space Telescope
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Star birth in the extreme
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Star birth in the extreme
Credit:

NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Nearby Dust Clouds in the Milky Way
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Nearby Dust Clouds in the Milky Way
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)
Acknowledgment: P. McCullough (STScI)

Largest ever galaxy portrait - stunning HD image of Pinwheel Galaxy
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Largest ever galaxy portrait - stunning HD image of Pinwheel Galaxy
Credit:

Image: European Space Agency & NASA

Acknowledgements:

Project Investigators for the original Hubble data: K.D. Kuntz (GSFC), F. Bresolin (University of Hawaii), J. Trauger (JPL), J. Mould (NOAO), and Y.-H. Chu (University of Illinois, Urbana)

Image processing: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

CFHT image: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/J.-C. Cuillandre/Coelum

NOAO image: George Jacoby, Bruce Bohannan, Mark Hanna/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Out of this whirl: The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and companion galaxy
Hubble Spies Cosmic Dust Bunnies
Light continues to echo three years after stellar outburst
Hubble studies sequences of star formation in neighbouring galaxy
A 'wallpaper' of distant galaxies is a stunning backdrop for a runaway galaxy
Hubble's newest camera takes a deep look at two merging galaxies
Hubble's newest camera images ghostly star-forming pillar of gas and dust
The Red Spider Nebula: Surfing in Sagittarius - not for the faint-hearted!
Light and Shadow in the Carina Nebula
Saturn In Natural Colours
Hubble snaps close-up of the Tarantula
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Hubble snaps close-up of the Tarantula
Credit:

NASA, ESA

Flocculent spiral NGC 2841
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Flocculent spiral NGC 2841
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration Acknowledgment: M. Crockett and S. Kaviraj (Oxford University, UK), R. O'Connell (University of Virginia), B. Whitmore (STScI) and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee.

ACS Image of NGC 5866
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ACS Image of NGC 5866
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

Thackeray's Globules in IC 2944
The Spirograph Nebula
A Grazing Encounter Between two Spiral Galaxies
Hubble image of the Ring Nebula (Messier 57)
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Hubble image of the Ring Nebula (Messier 57)
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and C. Robert O’Dell (Vanderbilt University).

Galaxies in a swarm of star clusters
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Galaxies in a swarm of star clusters
Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA 

An extraordinary celestial spiral
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An extraordinary celestial spiral
Credit:

ESA/NASA & R. Sahai

Collision leaves giant Jupiter bruised
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Collision leaves giant Jupiter bruised
Credit:

NASA, ESA, Michael Wong (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD), H. B. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO) and the Jupiter Impact Team

Quadruple Saturn moon transit snapped by Hubble
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Quadruple Saturn moon transit snapped by Hubble
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: M. Wong (STScI/UC Berkeley) and C. Go (Philippines)

Galaxy Playing Twister
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Galaxy Playing Twister
Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)

Turquoise-tinted plumes in the Large Magellanic Cloud
New Hubble image of NGC 2174
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New Hubble image of NGC 2174
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Hubble image of Messier 77
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Hubble image of Messier 77
Credit:

NASA, ESA & A. van der Hoeven

Spectacular Hubble view of Centaurus A
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Spectacular Hubble view of Centaurus A
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgment: R. O’Connell (University of Virginia) and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee

Abell 2218
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Abell 2218
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and Johan Richard (Caltech, USA)
Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin & James Long (ESA/Hubble)

New stars shed light on the past
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New stars shed light on the past
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Ghostly Reflections in the Pleiades
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Ghostly Reflections in the Pleiades
Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA), George Herbig and Theodore Simon (University of Hawaii).

A Reflection Nebula in Orion
True colour Image of Impact Zones D and G
Best image of bright quasar 3C 273
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Best image of bright quasar 3C 273
Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

Gaseous Streamers Flutter in Stellar Breeze
Hubble images remarkable double cluster
The Trifid Nebula: Stellar Sibling Rivalry
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The Trifid Nebula: Stellar Sibling Rivalry
Credit:

NASA/ESA and Jeff Hester (Arizona State University)

Spiral galaxy M81
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Spiral galaxy M81
Credit:

NASA, ESA, A. Zezas (CfA), and A. Filippenko (UC Berkeley)
Acknowledgment: Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) & O. Fox (University of California, Berkeley)

Light and dark
Jupiter and its shrunken Great Red Spot
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Jupiter and its shrunken Great Red Spot
Credit:

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)

Acknowledgement: C. Go
Science Credit: A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), G. Orton (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), J. Rogers (University of Cambridge, UK), and M. Wong and I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley)

A tale of galactic collisions
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A tale of galactic collisions
Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Luca Limatola

Hubble image of LRLL 54361 and its surroundings
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Hubble image of LRLL 54361 and its surroundings
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and J. Muzerolle (STScI)

WFC3 visible image of the Carina Nebula
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WFC3 visible image of the Carina Nebula
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Abell 1703
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Abell 1703
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and Johan Richard (Caltech, USA)
Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin & James Long (ESA/Hubble)

The whirling disc of NGC 4526
Hubble view of star-forming region S106
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Hubble view of star-forming region S106
Credit:

NASA & ESA

A dying star’s toxic legacy
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A dying star’s toxic legacy
Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

The unique Red Rectangle: sharper than ever before
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The unique Red Rectangle: sharper than ever before
Credit:

ESA/Hubble and NASA

Hubble views NGC 4522
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Hubble views NGC 4522
Credit:

NASA & ESA

Mammoth stars seen by Hubble
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Mammoth stars seen by Hubble
Credit:

NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain)

The Hourglass Nebula
Snapshot of a shedding star
Centaurus A halo
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Centaurus A halo
Credit:

Image credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA, Digitized Sky Survey, MPG/ESO
Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin

A star set to explode
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A star set to explode
Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgements: Nick Rose/Steve Byrne

Hubble image of Abell 68
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Hubble image of Abell 68
Credit:

NASA & ESA. Acknowledgement: N. Rose

The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field
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The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field
Credit:

NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team

Hubble view of the huge star formation region N11 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
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Hubble view of the huge star formation region N11 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Credit:

NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain)

Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet
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Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin and Robert Gendler

Star on a Hubble diet
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Star on a Hubble diet
Credit:

NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain). Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

Cassiopeia A - The colourful aftermath of a violent stellar death
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Cassiopeia A - The colourful aftermath of a violent stellar death
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgement: Robert A. Fesen (Dartmouth College, USA) and James Long (ESA/Hubble)

Droplets of star formation and two merging galaxies in SDSS J1531+3414
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Droplets of star formation and two merging galaxies in SDSS J1531+3414
Credit:

Image credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and Grant Tremblay (European Southern Observatory)

Acknowledgement: M. Gladders & M. Florian (University of Chicago, USA), S. Baum, C. O'Dea & K. Cooke (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA), M. Bayliss (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA), H. Dahle (University of Oslo, Norway), T. Davis (European Southern Observatory), J. Rigby (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA), K. Sharon (University of Michigan, USA), E. Soto (The Catholic University of America, USA) and E. Wuyts (Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany).

Hubble view of barred spiral galaxy Messier 83
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Hubble view of barred spiral galaxy Messier 83
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Acknowledgement: William Blair (Johns Hopkins University)

A mysterious old spiral
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A mysterious old spiral
Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt

Stellar flare hits HD 189733b (artist's impression)
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Stellar flare hits HD 189733b (artist's impression)
Credit:

NASA, ESA, L. Calçada

Arp 148
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Arp 148
Credit:

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University), K. Noll (STScI), and J. Westphal (Caltech)

Stellar fireworks are ablaze in galaxy NGC 4449
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Stellar fireworks are ablaze in galaxy NGC 4449
Credit:

NASA, ESA, A. Aloisi (STScI/ESA), and The Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

A New View of the Helix Nebula
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A New View of the Helix Nebula
Credit:

NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), and M. Meixner, P. McCullough, and G. Bacon ( Space Telescope Science Institute)

Nebula NGC 2080, nicknamed the 'Ghost Head Nebula'
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Nebula NGC 2080, nicknamed the 'Ghost Head Nebula'
Credit:

ESA, NASA, & Mohammad Heydari-Malayeri (Observatoire de Paris, France)

Spiral in Serpens
A bizarre cosmic rarity: NGC 660
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A bizarre cosmic rarity: NGC 660
Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

Hubble snaps NGC 5189
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Hubble snaps NGC 5189
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Hubble view of NGC 922
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Hubble view of NGC 922
Credit:

NASA, ESA

Hubble revisits an old friend
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Hubble revisits an old friend
Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

Hubble snaps image of space oddity
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Hubble snaps image of space oddity
Credit:

NASA, ESA, William Keel (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa), and the Galaxy Zoo team

Hubble spots a celestial bauble
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Hubble spots a celestial bauble
Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgement: J. Hughes (Rutgers University)

Hubble views NGC 4402
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Hubble views NGC 4402
Credit:

NASA & ESA

The gargantuan galaxy NGC 1132
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The gargantuan galaxy NGC 1132
Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgment: M. West (ESO, Chile)