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A spiral galaxy seen nearly face-on. The disk holds many tightly wound spiral arms. They contain small strands of reddish dust, near the center. On the left side, the disk features glowing patches of star formation. The whole right side, and part of the center, is obscured by a large cloud of dark grey gas which crosses the image.

Hubble Spots a Galaxy Hidden in a Dark Cloud

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The subject of this image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is the spiral galaxy IC 4633, located 100…

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A large spiral galaxy with a smaller neighboring galaxy. The spiral galaxy is wide and distorted, with colorful dust. Its companion lies close by, at the end of a spiral arm, to the lower left. A long, faint tail of stars reaches up from the right side of the spiral galaxy to the top of the image. Several small, distant galaxies are visible in the background, along with one bright star in the foreground.

Hubble Peers at Pair of Closely Interacting Galaxies

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This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features Arp 72, a very selective galaxy group that only includes two…

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A spherical collection of stars fills the image. The stars merge into a bright, bluish core at image center and form a sparse band around the core and out to the edges of the image. A few stars lie in front of the cluster, with visible diffraction spikes. The background is dark black.

Hubble Finds a Field of Stars

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This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a globular cluster called NGC 1651. Like another recent globular cluster…

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An irregular galaxy with a large central body of dull-colored stars and distorted arms around it. Brightly glowing pink areas where stars are forming dot the arms, along with bluish gas that is brighter than the galactic core. Two large arms flank the left and right of the body, and smaller streams of stars emerge from the top. Other distant galaxies are visible on the edges of the image.

Hubble Spots the Spider Galaxy

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This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the gauzy-looking celestial body UGC 5829, an irregular galaxy that lies…

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A distorted dwarf galaxy, obscured by dust and by bright outbursts caused by star formation, floats roughly in the center. Tendrils of gas stretch up from the plane of the galaxy. A few distant galaxies are visible in the background around it, many as little spirals, and also including a prominent elliptical galaxy. A bright star hangs above the galaxy in the foreground, marked by cross-shaped diffraction spikes.

Hubble Views a Galaxy Under Pressure

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This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows LEDA 42160, a galaxy about 52 million light-years from Earth in the constellation…

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A broad spiral galaxy is seen edge-on, so that its spiral arms can’t be seen. Visible dust and stars trace the disk of the galaxy, surrounded by a glowing halo above and below. The color of the galaxy changes smoothly between the outer disk at the ends and the bulge in the center. A few bright stars surround the galaxy on a dark background.

Hubble Sees a Spiral Galaxy Edge-On

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This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows NGC 4423, a galaxy that lies about 55 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo.…

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Image taken of the 1990 deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble, bright and silver, reflects the Earth below, on either side of Hubble there are two golden solar arrays. At the bottom of the picture you can see the body of the Space Shuttle Discovery as well as the grapple arm letting go of Hubble.
Space Shuttle Discovery’s robotic arm deploys Hubble on April 25, 1990.