The Hubble Telescope is really amazing, when you think about it– this piece of metal that we launched into space more than 30 years ago is still floating around in the abyss, traveling further and further while still transmitting back to us the mysteries of space. It turns out that the photo data the Hubble sends back is actually posted online as free high-res photos, accessible to all.
I’m posting here some of the more spectacular nebulae (the Carina Nebula is my favorite!). This is just a tiny sampling of the thousands of free, downloadable photos available to the public– there are tons more on galaxies, stars, the universe in general. From the Hubble website:
Capture the extraordinary. Explore the universe through Hubble’s eye, and witness the most dangerous, spectacular and mysterious depths of the cosmos. View an expansive collection of Hubble images: planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more. Picture Album spreads the universe out before you in all its dazzling complexity.
Pretty unbelievable photos of a vast and expansive universe, where our solar system is just a tiny speck in the middle of everything. These photos also make great wallpapers, which the Hubble site has kindly resized for us already!