A composite of images taken over a nine-year period by the Hubble Space Telescope reveals around 10,000 galaxies spread across space.
Photograph by NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)
A galaxy cluster captured by the Hubble Space Telescope appears to look like a smiley face.
Photograph by NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech
Saturn's largest moon, Titan, casts a shadow on Saturn's surface.
Photograph by NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka (University of Arizona)
The Helix Nebula is a trillion-mile-long tunnel of glowing gasses 650 light-years away from Earth.
Photograph by NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO)
The Horsehead Nebula is located in the constellation Orion.
Photograph by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
The Butterfly Nebula contains superheated gas traveling more than 600,000 miles (965,606 kilometers) an hour.
Photograph by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
Scroll through the gallery above to see other out-of-this-world photos captured by the Hubble Space Telescope!
Published June 10, 2014
Updated February 14, 2015
NASA has released the most colorful image of the universe to date, a composite of images taken over a nine-year period by the Hubble Space Telescope and revealing around 10,000 galaxies spread across space.
The latest image also combines ultraviolet light imagery to reveal stars we couldn't see previously and includes galaxies dating as old as ten billion years.
Photograph of Hubble Space Telescope in orbit courtesy NASA
Did You Know?
- Hubble has been orbiting Earth for more than 24 years, beaming hundreds of thousands of images back to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
- It takes Hubble 97 minutes to make a trip around the world. At this rate, it would make it from Los Angeles to Boston in about ten minutes!
- Hubble has played a role in discoveries such as the age of the universe (13 to 14 billion years) and dark energy (a force that causes the universe to expand at an accelerated rate).
- The telescope was named after astronomer Edwin Hubble, who proved that the universe was expanding and showed that fuzzy lights in the night sky are actually other galaxies.
- Any astronomer in the world can submit a proposal and request time on the telescope. All findings are eventually shared with the entire scientific community.
The Hubble orbits the Earth above our atmosphere, allowing it to view the universe more clearly than telescopes on the ground. Light pollution from cities can also make it difficult for us to view the night sky. Click the article below to learn more.