Photos from the Hubble telescope are out of this world. For decades this trusty telescope has pushed the limits of space exploration and furthered scientific discovery. Since its launch in 1990 and five reparative space missions, Hubble has delivered some of the coolest photos in existence. These pictures are some of the best insights we mere earthlings have into the vast and incredibly overwhelming depths of our universe. Although contemplating space, time, or black matter may launch even the strongest among us into an existential crises, these Hubble photos are well worth a peek - you might actually get sucked in.
A Space Worm Tries to Inch Out Fate
This little bugger is inching its way through space gobbling up gas and star dust as it moves. Unfortunately, extreme winds are shaping the star into its elongated structure by casting mass amounts of ultraviolet radiation its way. Some of the extremely hot stars responsible for the astrological assault are pictured above. There are 65 of them within a short distance and several hundred more farther out.
The Death of a Star
In this photo, Hubble captured a star in its final years of life. When a star dies, layers of hydrogen and helium are shed from the star's center, causing it to dim. These layers are the bright, spherical bubbles surrounding the core. The older the star, the wider its spherical output.
The Sombrero galaxy is a muse for many scientists. It is seen tilted from Earth at about six degrees north of its equatorial plane. And although the spiral galaxy's light magnitude prevents the human eye from seeing it, it is easily spotted with a telescope. Sombrero is one of the most massive features in the Virgo cluster; it's the size of about 800 billion suns and is 30 million light years from our planet.
This photo features an aurora on Jupiter. Auroras occur when charged particles enter a planet's atmosphere and crash into atoms of gas near the magnetic poles. This collision results in that light saber-like bluish swirl on top of Jupiter. The observation of the auroras coincides with a different NASA project: Juno. Juno is a spacecraft that entered Jupiter's orbit in Summer 2016 in order to study solar winds. As that information is being collected, Hubble will simultaneously hone in on the developments of auroras from its perspective.