HST has resolved, to an unprecedented detail of 0.1 arc second, a mysterious elliptical ring of material around the remnants of Supernova 1987A. The tightly knotted debris from the stellar explosion appears as a red blob near the center of the ring. The blue stars to the left and right of the ring are not associated with the supernova. - Credit: NASA and ESA
Hubble Space Telescope Resolves Gaseous Ring Around Supernova | ESA/Hubble
Hubble Space Telescope Resolves Gaseous Ring Around Supernova
From ground-based telescopes, the so-called "ant nebula" (Menzel 3, or Mz 3)
Ants in Space? | ESA/Hubble
A striking example of a galaxy collision in NGC 6745. A large spiral galaxy, with its nucleus still intact, peers at the smaller passing galaxy. These galaxies did not merely interact gravitationally as they passed one another, they actually collided. - Credit: Roger Lynds (KPNO/NOAO), NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA).
Galaxy Collision in NGC 6745 | ESA/Hubble
Galaxy Collision in NGC 6745
Violent birth announcement from an infant star
Eta Carinae | ESA/Hubble
This photograph from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope presents the first clear view of one of the hottest known stars, the central star of nebula NGC 2440 in our Milky Way galaxy. The superhot star, called "the NGC 2440 nucleus" is the bright white dot in the center of this photograph. - Credit: S. Heap, NASA/ESA/Goddard Space Flight Center
One of Hottest Known Stars Captured in Hubble Photograph | ESA/Hubble
A 'wallpaper' of distant galaxies is a stunning backdrop for a runaway galaxy | ESA/Hubble
An Abrasive Collision Gives One Galaxy a "Black Eye" | ESA/Hubble
In this image by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, an unusual, ghostly green blob of gas appears to float near a normal-looking spiral galaxy. The bizarre object, dubbed Hanny’s Voorwerp (Hanny’s Object in Dutch), is the only visible part of a streamer of gas stretching 300 000 light-years around the galaxy, called IC 2497.
This Hubble Space Telescope image, taken in February 1994 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, shows the full system of three rings of glowing gas surrounding supernova 1987A. Located in a small galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud, the supernova is a massive star that exploded in about 165, 000 BC, but its light didn't arrive here until February 1987.
A Three-Ringed Circus | ESA/Hubble
Dark matter ring in galaxy cluster Cl 0024+17 (ZwCl 0024+1652) | ESA/Hubble
A Tantalising Veil | ESA/Hubble
Just weeks after NASA astronauts repaired the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1999, the Hubble Heritage Project snapped this picture of NGC 1999, a nebula in the constellation Orion. The Heritage astronomers, in collaboration with scientists in Texas and Ireland, used Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) to obtain this colour image.
A Reflection Nebula in Orion | ESA/Hubble
A Reflection Nebula in Orion
Light continues to echo three years after stellar outburst | ESA/Hubble
NGC 6572 - In the center of this planetary nebula located 3,500 light-years distant in the constellation Ophichus (Greek : Serpent Bearer), one can see the white dwarf star which began ejecting its gases only a few thousand years ago. Its abnormal brightness is due to the material still being quite dense
A dazzling planetary nebula
The nearby dwarf galaxy NGC 1569 is a hotbed of vigorous star birth activity which blows huge bubbles and super-bubbles that riddle the main body of the galaxy. The galaxy's vigorous "star factories" are also manufacturing brilliant blue star clusters. This galaxy had a sudden and relatively recent onset of star birth 25 million years ago, which subsided about the time the very earliest human ancestors appeared on Earth.
Supernova blast bonanza in nearby galaxy | ESA/Hubble
A star's colourful final splash | ESA/Hubble