This is a collection of pictures from the Hubble Telescope over the last 16 years. These pics are rated in a top ten format, with the first picture
being number 1. I had the link bookmarked for a couple years and found it when cleaning out some links tonight. This author did an amazing job of
putting alot of info on one page and I figured I would share it with ATS. However the information about these pictures is widely spread and can be
found at numerous sources throughout the web. Starry night is my favorite cosmic picture of all time...the source I'm using seems to think it is 8th
though. These pictures of the cosmic landscape really make you think about how little we really do know.
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, which looks like the eye of disembodied sorcerer Sauron from Lord of the Rings.
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 center.
In sixth place is the Cone Nebula. The part pictured here is 2.5 light years in length which is the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the
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,
sulfur and other elements.
In 8th place is 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
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
The Trifid Nebula is a "stellar nursery", 9,000 light years from here, it is where new stars are being born.
One source for all pictures and info.