YOU may have seen the James Webb Space Telescope discussed a lot this week but the Hubble Space Telescope has been the most iconic.
The James Webb telescope will one day succeed Hubble, but it will have trouble replacing some of the most amazing space images taken by the old vehicle.
Over the past three decades, the Hubble telescope has been projecting amazing images of space back to Earth.
The images and data that Hubble has collected to date has changed and enhanced our understanding of the universe.
Pillars of creativity
Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope captured this image in 1995.
It is called the Pillar of Creation and displays a small portion of the Eagle Nebula.
It spans 4 to 5 light-years of the nebula, about 70 x 55 light-years across.
A nebula is just a large cloud of dust and gas in space.
This stunning photo of Jupiter clearly shows a giant “massive storm” swirling across the surface.
The so-called Great Red Spot is wider than Earth, with fierce winds reaching speeds of up to 425mph.
Galactic optical illusion
Astronomers have discovered a galaxy in the distant universe that appears to overlap in the night sky at least 12 times.
The unusual sight was captured by the Hubble Nasa Space Telescope/ESA with the aim of helping scientists better understand the early universe.
The galaxy that appears several times in the image is nicknamed the Sun’s Arc.
It is almost 11 billion light-years away.
Saturn’s rings and auroras
This amazing image of Saturn shows its detailed rings as well as the aurora event.
It shows the aurora over Saturn’s north pole.
We also get the aurora borealis in our polar regions here on Earth, such as the northern lights.
This ghostly face is pictured looking back at us from deep space.
It is indeed a rare image of an intergalactic collision.
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https://www.the-sun.com/tech/4367500/hubble-space-telescope-best-images/ The best images of the Hubble Space Telescope – including the Pillars of Creation and Saturn’s rings