Hubble Telescope’s Top Ten Greatest Space Photographs

The Sombrero Galaxy – voted best picture taken.

Officially titled M104, the dimensions of the Sombrero Galaxy are astounding. Voted as best picture, the galaxy in total has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.

Under the technical name of Mz3, the Ant Nebula is a cloud of dust and gas that resembles an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes. The nebula is within our galaxy, but lies between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth.

Nebula NGC 2392 is called Eskimo because it has the appearance of a face surrounded by a hood. The “hood” is composed of a ring of comet-shaped objects flying away from a dying star. Eskimo is 5,000 light years from Earth.

Cat’s Eye Nebula

The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light years away, has a figure-eight appearance because the winds that develop its shape are weaker at the center.

The Perfect Storm lies 5,500 light years away in a small region in the Swan Nebula. It has been described as a bubbly ocean of hydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulphur, and other elements.


Starry Night received its name because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting. It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.

This image from 114 million light years away are the swirling cores of two merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the distant Canis Major constellation.

The Trifid Nebula, 9,000 light years from here, is where new stars are formed.

Photos accredited to Bill Watkins, Bryan, Texas.

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