Images from Hubble

Orion Nebula: Image courtesy NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

Orion Nebula 2: Image courtesy NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Personally, I think the Hubble Space Telescope is incredible — the images it captures fascinate me. These images of the Orion Nebula were just recently released, and if you're into images from space, or just think these are cool, visit the media site and look at the larger resolution and magnified images they have available there, as well as the detail images with description. The level of detail is amazing. Totally gets my imagination going. Here is the press release on the image as well.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What causes the color in the photos?

posted on Fri, 01/13/2006 - 11:02am
Joe's picture
Joe says:

From the Hubble Web Site:

There are no "natural color" cameras aboard the Hubble and never have been. The optical cameras on board have all been digital CCD cameras, which take images as grayscale pixels.

Sometimes the color is as natural as possible. However, the color given to the images is not just "artistic embellishment." The images are, indeed, downloaded as black and white, and color is added for a number of different reasons - for example, to show the dispersion detail of chemical elements and highlight features so subdued that the human eye cannot see them.

For more information, read The Meaning of Color on HubbleSite, which explains in detail how color is added to images.

posted on Fri, 01/13/2006 - 1:05pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Wow, that's so cool. I seriously had no idea that the images from Hubble start off in black and white.

posted on Fri, 01/13/2006 - 3:30pm
ferdferd's picture
ferdferd says:

Hubble is one of the greatest science vehicles NASA has ever created! They should pursue more of these kinds of scientific programs in the future as they literally open the universe to our exploration!

posted on Mon, 01/16/2006 - 11:56am
randy8's picture
randy8 says:

love the pictures.like exploring the unknown..the vast endless life of the universe and the starz.. the endless dancing and glittering of rainbow colored lights its just so beautiful.. keep up with the news

posted on Thu, 01/19/2006 - 1:19pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

New image from Hubble telescope

Hubble's new photo of the Orion Nebula is one of the most detailed astronomical images ever created.

The image, which took 105 Hubble orbits to complete and contains a billion pixels, revealed 3000 stars of all sizes. Some of them are only 1/100 the brightness of stars previously known in the nebula.

Astronomers see all stages of star formation in the photo, including dense pillars of dust and gas that may be the homes of brand-new stars, to massive, hot, young stars that have emerged from the dust and gas that formed them and are shaping the nebula with their powerful ultraviolet light. The discs of material circling the young stars may be the building blocks of future solar systems.

Newborn stars

The Orion Nebula is a good place to learn about star formation because it's only 1500 light-years away--a relatively short distance in our 100,000 light-year wide galaxy. And astronomers are able to see inside the nebula because giant stars in its center have blown out most of the dust and gas in which they formed, creating a cavity in the dark cloud.

Among the stars Hubble spotted are young brown dwarfs, or "failed stars." (These are too small to be ordinary stars because they can't sustain nuclear fusion in their cores the way our Sun does.) Hubble also spotted for the first time some possible binary brown dwarfs, or brown dwarfs that orbit each other.

Comparing newly formed stars and brown dwarfs provides information about how they form. Scientists hope to calculate the masses and ages for the young stars so they can sort them and look for trends.

Make it at the museum!

On Saturday, February 4, the Make It team will be on hand to teach you how to make a "nebula" of your own. Come check it out.

posted on Thu, 02/02/2006 - 9:51am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

There’s life in the old girl yet – the Hubble has produced a spectacular photo of a barred spiral galaxy.

posted on Mon, 04/09/2007 - 11:53am

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