Yesterday, I linked to the Hubble Site, where they’ve got a collection of stunning new images taken using Hubble’s new camera, the Wide-Field Camera 3:
But why would you bother to go there? After all, you know that I’ll just show you all the gorgeousness here! Hubble is an astounding telescope, because it’s so good for viewing things that are both incredibly close and incredibly far. So here are the highlights!
First off, Hubble can take incredible pictures of our Solar System. Remember that Jupiter recently got hit by an asteroid? Take a look at the big black debris spot by the South Pole, and see it as Hubble sees it. (And click all images for the large — but not super-large — versions.)
Second? Going out a little farther, into the stars nearest us, such as by the Carina nebula, we can see dusty, star-forming regions (thanks to the new infrared camera) along with the visible stars there!
Prefer to look at a star that’s recently gone supernova? Well, supernovae leave remnants behind, known as planetary nebulae. The dusty debris gets illuminated by all the light and heat from the explosion, and the “butterfly” shape shown here is spectacular.
And moving out of our galaxy just a little bit? To the globular clusters that surround us? This collection of a few hundred thousand stars within just a few light years, Omega Centauri, has never been imaged to this accuracy, this quality, or with this resolution. But check out what Hubble has done!
And sure, we can check out other galaxies, like Stephan’s Quintet. And Hubble sends back pictures so convincing that you can immediately tell which galaxy of these doesn’t belong! (It’s actually 7 times closer than other others; can you tell which one it is?)
But if we want to go very far away, even clusters of distant galaxies are no problem for Hubble. Check out what cluster Abell 370 looks like with the newly repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys!
And if you really want more, or the super hi-res versions, go here now. Otherwise, just enjoy the spectacular views!