Zolt’s Favorite Images

A personal gallery I have been involved with the Hubble Space Telescope mission and the Space Telescope Science Institute for more than 35 years, a long time to be at one place. For most of that time I have helped translate Hubble's amazing science data into images distributed worldwide to help describe what we have... Continue Reading →

Phobos Photobombs Mars

Every two years or so, Mars and the Earth approach each other more closely than usual. We're in no danger of colliding because both planets are kept in their orbits by the Sun's gravity. But the orbital geometry gives us an opportunity to get a closer and brighter view of our nearest neighboring planet from... Continue Reading →

Are the Colors Real?

The most common question we get asked about Hubble images is, "are the colors real?" What folks usually mean is, are these what the images would look like if we could travel in the Starship Enterprise to these cosmic landscapes? Or maybe more practically, if we could look through the Hubble Space Telescope. That would... Continue Reading →

Hubble Heritage

In 1998, a few years after the launch and the first mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, a number of astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute established the Hubble Heritage project. The main goal, among others, was to promote the visual qualities of Hubble images balanced with their science content. Over the years since, Heritage... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the Illuminated Universe

Illuminated Universe is a blog from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) dedicated broadly to discussing visualization in astronomy but also focused on providing some background to images and videos. STScI is responsible for the science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope. Part of our mission is to inform... Continue Reading →

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