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April 30, 2004 | To mark the 14th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Hubble Heritage Team has presented the world with a ring — a ring galaxy. The unusual appearance of the star system designated AM 0644–741 is the result of a galaxy collision. Millions of years ago another galaxy (outside the field of view above) plunged directly through the center of the disk of what was once a spiral galaxy. The intruder left behind an expanding blue ring of intense star formation in its gravitational wake.
Originally posted by slayerfan
i was looking at at pic and was thinking that is so far away we could not see it without hubble and i soomnd in on the pic and you can see so much more,and thats just 1 direcshon. in all that the hubble can see thai has to bee a crap load of other life. it makes me belive the guy in the dicloshe project video ho said that usa has catloged ove 50 diffret alien speshese. sory for the bad spelling.
Originally posted by Seth Bullock
Wonderful picture and another perfect example of why we need to keep the funding for the Hubble telescope.
Explanation: Is this one galaxy or two? This question came to light in 1950 when astronomer Art Hoag chanced upon this unusual extragalactic object. On the outside is a ring dominated by bright blue stars, while near the center lies a ball of much redder stars that are likely much older. Between the two is a gap that appears almost completely dark. How Hoag's Object formed remains unknown, although similar objects have now been identified and collectively labeled as a form of ring galaxy. Genesis hypotheses include a galaxy collision billions of years ago and perturbative gravitational interactions involving an unusually shaped core. The above photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in July 2001 reveals unprecedented details of Hoag's Object and may yield a better understanding. Hoag's Object spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 600 million light years away toward the constellation of Serpens. Coincidentally, visible in the gap (at about one o'clock) is yet another ring galaxy that likely lies far in the distance.
Explanation: Except for the rings of Saturn, the Ring Nebula (M57) is probably the most famous celestial band. This planetary nebula's simple, graceful appearance is thought to be due to perspective -- our view from planet Earth looking straight into what is actually a barrel-shaped cloud of gas shrugged off by a dying central star. Astronomers of the Hubble Heritage Project produced this strikingly sharp image from Hubble Space Telescope observations using natural appearing colors to indicate the temperature of the stellar gas shroud. Hot blue gas near the energizing central star gives way to progressively cooler green and yellow gas at greater distances with the coolest red gas along the outer boundary. Dark, elongated structures can also be seen near the nebula's edge. The Ring Nebula is about one light-year across and 2,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Lyra.
Originally posted by junglejake
Yes, commander Keen Kid, hubble's replacement well be far better, but so far, from what I've found, it's not being replaced by another visible light telescope, but rather an infrared telescope. I could be wrong,
Originally posted by I See You
I concur with you all. Space is absolutely beautiful. Hubble has done a wonderful job and one would hope that we will continue to get these amazing images. One thing though....These are the images that we are allowed to see.....Imagine the images from Hubble that we are not allowed to see. Makes you wonder.
This image of the Bug Nebula, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows impressive walls of compressed gas, laced with trailing strands and bubbling outflows. A dark, dusty torus surrounds the inner nebula (seen at the upper right). At the heart of the turmoil is one of the hottest stars known. Despite a sizzling temperature of at least 250,000 °C, the star itself has never been seen, as it is hidden by the blanket of dust and shines most brightly in the ultraviolet, making it hard to observe.