Lining up the Lagoon

A Cosmic Panorama Have you ever stood on the top floor of a tall building overlooking a vast city in front of you? You probably thought, "Wow, I should take a picture of this!" only to be disappointed when your camera can’t fit the scene into the image. Now, imagine your camera's field of view... Continue Reading →

Imaging the Lagoon Nebula with Hubble

Two earlier blog posts describe what the Lagoon Nebula is, why it was a great target for Hubble's 28th anniversary, and how the color composition and visualization was accomplished. See Celebrating Hubble’s 28th Anniversary and Deep Dive into the Lagoon. This post goes a bit further behind the scenes to get an idea of how... Continue Reading →

Deep Dive into the Lagoon

The Hubble Space Telescope has been zipping around our planet for over 28 years  providing us with unparalleled views of the farthest reaches of the universe. In celebration of this milestone, and in keeping with past tradition, we have prepared a visual feast showcasing a rich and vibrant region of the Milky Way galaxy known... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Hubble’s 28th Anniversary

The Lagoon Nebula We here at Hubble Image Central (a.k.a. the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute), along with the entire Hubble Space Telescope team, love to celebrate the anniversary of our favorite orbiting telescope's launch on April 24, 1990 by releasing a new picture. This year we're happy to present... 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 →

Snapshot of a Compulsive Universe

Guest blogger Ray Villard, STScI News Director As the news director for STScI, I have Hubble pictures for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And, after 28 years of having a ringside seat to Hubble’s eagle-eye views, one is always tempted to think we’ve seen it all with this prolific space observatory. But that’s never the case... Continue Reading →

The Kaleidoscopic Crab

This image of the Crab Nebula from a recent Hubble press release packs a lot of information into a single picture. Five different wavelengths spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum are present here. In this post, I'll deconstruct the image and look at how it was put together... but first, a little history... Continue Reading →

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