Hubble Space Telescope: Best Pictures

Below are my favorites from the “Top Ten” most amazing photographs taken by the Hubble Telescope over the last sixteen years. Quote: “They illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.”

“The  Sombrero  Galaxy – 28 million light years from Earth – was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope.  The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.”

“Starry Night, so named because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting.  It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.”

“The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula, 5,500 light years away, described as ‘a bubbly ocean of hydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulphur and other elements’.”

“The Trifid Nebula. A ‘stellar nursery’, 9,000 light years from here, it is where new stars are being born.”

“The glowering eyes 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 following information is from an article by Michael Hanlon:

“Hubble, which is about the size of a bus, has been sending pictures and data back to scientists since it began operating 370 miles up. It transmits about 120 gigabytes of information every week. That’s equal to about 3,600 feet of books on a shelf. By putting a telescope into space, astronomers can get views of distant objects without having to look through Earth’s thick and soupy atmosphere. From hundreds of miles above the clouds and weather, Hubble can provide pictures of unparalleled clarity and sharpness. NASA has announced a $900million repair mission in the next couple of years to keep it flying. When the repairs have been carried out, it is hoped Hubble will continue to give many more years of service and, perhaps, even return images superior to those seen here. Henry Lambright, science and technology professor at Syracuse University, New York, says: ‘The beautiful pictures that we see Hubble produce are gripping to everyone who looks at them. They transmit the magic of space in a way that words cannot.'”

“He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names”

(Psalm 147:4).

As humans, we have identified and named a few thousand of the stars in space and are humbled and astounded by the immensity of this universe where we live. I cannot wrap my mind around a God so great that He created every star and calls them by name. It challenges my comprehension, stretches my faith, and at the same time deeply comforts me to know that this incomprehensibly magnificent God has manifested himself on earth in the form of a man, Jesus Christ, who taught us how to live and died in our place, making it possible for us to be reconciled to God and infused with His eternal life.

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained; What is man that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).


15 responses to “Hubble Space Telescope: Best Pictures

  1. Yes we serve an amazing God don’t we?

    I always say that it amazes me that he made things so intricate and so colorful. He could have made the whole world black and white.

  2. Fascinating!! I can hardly believe it is real.

  3. kathrynwarmstrong

    Sloggy, I love your thought that He could have made the world black and white. How true. I am SO glad He didn’t, because I am wild about color!

    Yes, OM, I had to go back to the website for Hubble to make sure they were real, because I had the same reaction! They look like fantasy paintings. What a Creator!

  4. These are gorgeous! They make me excited about winter stargazing time coming soon. It’s so amazing how God put a seemingly endless amount of beauty in the universe for us to explore. The further out we look, the more we find. Even here on earth, as we explore the microscopic world, or the depths of the oceans, we continually find beauty and wonder.

  5. The Universe’s Creation is amazing. And it is awe inspiring.

  6. Sometimes I wonder how we can so easily lose sight of how good God is to mankind. I am thankful that he is a forgiving God….otherwise, life would not be worth living without him.

    • Thank you and Amen. God is so good, so forgiving…so kind. I wish people would “taste and see that the Lord is good!”

  7. Why is it the disease of religion has to show it’s evil here. If god existed he would surely be seen as an impotent non achiever taking credit for the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen into water. Please take your imagination elsewhere and leave the little children alone

    • Do you suppose love has a chemical explanation? Is there some pain in your life that makes the thought of an intelligent, loving creator seem impossible?

  8. There is no pain here, just trying to let Intelligent, loving, people see this imaginary creator myth for what it is?
    What was god doing when his priests sodomised prepubescent boys? Watching the show?
    The Lord is good.

    • I don’t know what faith background you’re from, but the Bible teaches (and I believe) that part of love is freedom…that God loves us so much that He’s given us the freedom to choose, and as human beings, we don’t always choose wisely. (In fact, we sometimes choose terrible evil.) I believe God has given us the privilege of (a limited) life on earth where we are personally responsible for our own choices. The goal is for us to learn to choose what is loving, good, and right of our own free will, not because we are forced to obey, but because we are transformed by the love of God and our love for God in such a way that our deepest desire is to do what’s right, even though that may run contrary to our human understanding or desires. By faith we surrender to the teachings of the Scriptures, empowered by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the “Royal Command” which is to love God above all else and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. I struggle with that simple principle every day, but it’s my life ambition. When Jesus was on earth, he wept over Jerusalem and our sinful, fallen world. I believe God weeps for and with us. He’s compassionate and merciful. I’m sure His heart breaks too, when priests engage in evil… and when each of us does anything wrong. That is why the Bible says that “God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). Jesus died in our place (and in the place of every person in the whole world) so that we can have forgiveness for our sins and our spirits (which were dead in sin) can be reborn into eternal life, which will never end, even after our bodies die. Have you heard all this before? Does it seem strange and new, or old but still makes no sense to you? I was brought up by an atheistic father and an agnostic mother, and I never heard this “gospel” (good news!) until I was 12, but the first time I heard it, I was so overwhelmed by the thought that there really was an almighty creator of the universe—and that furthermore He LOVED me—that I burst into tears and went running to accept his love! I’ve been overwhelmed by Love ever since. There’s nothing like it in this world, but I believe with all my heart (and have experienced) that God truly is Love, and Light, and Life. If there’s a God who is not only good but “the best,” and who loves you and promises to save you and care for you and lead you through this life and bring you to a place of glory and beauty forever in heaven after you die, wouldn’t you want to know Him? Would you be willing to ask Him to reveal Himself to you if He exists? If you would, I will pray for you too! He’s revealed Himself to me, and it’s better than the most wonderful experience in the world!

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  10. If any of you believe these pictures r real u r deceived. These r so fake! Wake up from slumber! NASA lies!

    • I do not think they are lies, Francesca! Just a couple of months ago my husband and I were in Hawaii and went star-gazing on the top of Mauna Kea (which has some of the world’s best star gazing because of its equatorial location, mountain height, and island lack of pollution). At any rate, we were able to look through extremely powerful telescopes, and some of the images looked amazing…definitely similar in design. It may be that the color is enhanced on the photos from this post…I can’t speak to that. BUT, I personally believe those are true images.

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