The Hubble Space Telescope’s Finest Photos

Now that the telescope has received its final upgrades, we look back on Hubble’s most memorable images from space

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The Perfect Picture - May through June 2003

Sombrero Galaxy
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Hubble’s photographs don't appear fully formed and ready to be saved as desktop backgrounds. A team of astronomers and image specialists, known as the Hubble Heritage Project, were required to create the final image of the Sombrero Galaxy above. The photo, which resembles the rim and bulge of a sombrero, reveals a flat disk of young, bright stars, orbiting around a glowing nucleus of more stars. A supermassive black hole lies in the center of the galaxy, which is located in the constellation Virgo.


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