Here are the 5 most beautiful photos from the Hubble telescope

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On December 25, the James Webb Space Telescope left Earth aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The arrival in space of this new technological gem caused the old Hubble to retire, somewhat prematurely . If the two devices are more complementary than competitors, the arrival of James Webb inevitably makes Hubble much less attractive. With a first shot of crazy accuracy and attention to detail, the “Webb” is a crazy device, but the Hubble remains an object that has contributed a lot to the world of science. Since its launch in the early 1990s, Hubble has made it possible to discover unknown regions of the world, to verify decades-old physical principles, to make us understand the Universe as we have never understood it. But even more than its immense scientific knowledge, Hubble has been, and still is, a magnificent gateway to the world of space. Photographs from the telescope teach us a thousand and one things about the Universe, but they are also simply beautiful. So, to take advantage for a moment of these 30 years of research without a relaunch, we have compiled in this article, “our” 5 most beautiful photos of the Hubble Space Telescope. 1- The pillars of creation © NASA / Hubble The pillars of creation are probably the most famous Hubble image. These immense columns of dust were captured by Jeff Hester and Paul Scowen, two researchers at the University of Arizona in 1995. They are part of the Eagle Nebula which is 7000 light years away. To observe them, the easiest way is to look towards the constellation Serpent. 2- The Helix Nebula © NASA / Hubble This planetary nebula is 650 light years from us, making it one of the closest objects to the solar system. Composed of two different layers of gas, this nebula is the result of the death of a star. Although very close to us, it is difficult to observe because it is in a region of the sky without any real landmarks. 3- The Hourglass Nebula © NASA / Hubble This Hubble image is not as well known as the previous two, but it is a magnificent photograph that deserves more fame (in my opinion). At the heart of this image, two dying stars releasing their gas in large helixes. Named MyCn 18, this star gives the impression of being observed. 4- The deep field of the Universe © NASA / Hubble If this classification is logically filled with photos of nebulae and other galaxies taken in a singular way, one of the great occupations of the Hubble was the observation of the deep field of the Universe By plunging its optics into the far reaches of our world, Hubble has advanced science, offering a spectacle of unprecedented beauty. 5- The Butterfly Nebula © NASA / Hubble This photograph of the Butterfly Nebula is special in more ways than one. Captured in 2009 by Hubble, it was one of the first photographs taken by the telescope’s new camera. Easily located in the heart of the constellation Scorpius, this is a bipolar planetary nebula with crazy features. Bonus: Hubble’s first image © NASA / Hubble So no, it’s not the prettiest picture of this peak, far from it. But in order for the five images we have just seen to reach the telescope, the latter had to be perfectly known to the scientific world. Before arriving at such sumptuous photographs, it took years to “tame the beast” and realize the magnificent capabilities of Hubble. We can only hope that the same will happen with the James Webb Space Telescope, the designated successor.
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