EDITED: Had some trouble with the pictures. I tried a "short-cut", which obviously didn't work! So sorry if you visited and all the pictures were blank. I've got it fixed now. (took out my "short-cut", which turns out caused me more work than if I'd done it right to begin with! Thanks for dropping by (or coming back , as the case may be) AC

HI everyone. Arkansas Cyndi here. Mary Ricksen had a little trouble with the pictures in th
is post, so I'm helping her out a little. She has found us some AWESOME pictures!

These make it hard to believe we are alone in this universe. Makes you think, doesn't it.

How did this all come about? Who created it?

The aliens are coming! Or are they?

ENJOY!

Astronomers select the Top Ten Most Amazing Pictures Taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in the Last 16 Years.

'...they illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.'


After correction of an initial problem with the lens, when the Hubble Space Telescope was first launched in 1990, the floating astro-observatory began to relay back to Earth, incredible snapshots of the 'final frontier' it was perusing.

Recently, astronauts voted on the top photographs taken by Hubble,in its 16-year journey so far. Remarking in the article from the Daily Mail, reporter Michael Hanlon says the photos 'illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.'

Hubble Telescope's top ten greatest space photographs.

Awesome!!!The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.


The Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas whose technical name is Mz3, resembles an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes.. The nebula lies within our galaxy between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth.


In third place is Nebula NGC 2392, called 'Eskimo' because it looks like a face surrounded by a furry hood. The hood is, in fact, a ring of comet-shaped objects flying away from a dying star. Eskimo is 5,000 light years from Earth.


At four is the Cat's Eye Nebula.


The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light years away, has a 'pinched-in-the-middle' look because the winds that shape it are weaker at the centre.


In sixth place is the Cone Nebula. The part pictured here is 2.5 light years in length (the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the Moon).


The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula, 5,500 light years away, described as 'a bubbly ocean of hydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulphur and other elements'.


Starry Night, so named because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting.

It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.

The glowering eyes from 114 million light years away are the swirling cores of two merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the distant Canis Major constellation.


The Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar nursery', 9,000 light years from here. It is where new stars are being born.

The end....you have just seen the Top 10 Hubble Pictures

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12 comments

  1. Edie // January 14, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

    Just gorgeous. After looking at them, I'm left with a sense of wonder. I will share.

  2. LaDonna // January 14, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

    Love them! These are my favorite type of photos. The Universe never fails to capture me.

    Thanks for posting these.

  3. Liz Kreger // January 14, 2009 at 11:51 AM  

    Those are absolutely fantastic. Thanx for sharing. Hubby will definitely want to see these.

  4. Mary Marvella // January 14, 2009 at 12:16 PM  

    Amazing - not just the photos but the images to capture and the ability to do so. Thanks Mary R and Cyndi for sharing!

  5. Mary Ricksen // January 14, 2009 at 12:41 PM  

    I never could have put them up without our Cyndi's expertise. But when I saw them I was in awe.
    Doesn't seem possible from our little corner of the universe does it?

  6. Nightingale // January 14, 2009 at 6:16 PM  

    Fantastic--and quite humbling.

  7. Sherry Morris // January 14, 2009 at 6:53 PM  

    Beautiful! I just love the sky ;) Thanks for posting these!

  8. Scarlet Pumpernickel // January 14, 2009 at 10:22 PM  

    Outstanding! It is so incredible that something so awe-inspiring exist and we are so lucky to have the technology available to see it. The universe is the most inspired artist of all!

    Scarlet

  9. Joanne // January 15, 2009 at 9:17 AM  

    Unbelievable photos, Mary. So clear and humbling. I must share these with my daughter.

  10. Arkansas Cyndi // January 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM  

    Glad to help, Mary

    I was totally awed by their beauty

  11. Donna Caubarreaux // January 15, 2009 at 10:19 PM  

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    Makes us all look so small...

  12. Bonnie Vanak // January 16, 2009 at 6:38 PM  

    Wow Mary, just amazing. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Bonnie