Postcards From Space

On April 24, 1990, the Hubble telescope’s awe-inspiring mission began. Launching into orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery, it’s been relaying stunning photography back to Earth ever since. In this special feature celebrating 25 years of the Hubble, we imagine six ‘Postcards from Space’, using some of the Hubble’s breathtaking imagery. Wish you were here!

Milky Way Centre

The Hubble’s colour infrared composite image from the Milky Way’s centre revealed a new population of massive stars.


Red Rectangle

In a few million years, scientists estimate that the Red Rectangle nebula will actually bloom into a shell of diffuse gas, known as a planetary nebula.


Sea Monster

Within the Sea Monster, it’s thought that the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1073 resembles our own; the Milky Way.


Sombrero Galaxy

The Sombrero galaxy is one of the biggest objects in its cluster; equivalent to 800 billion suns. 


Cone Nebula

The entire Cone Nebula (made of gas and dust) is seven light-years long.



The globular cluster of stars known as Messier54 was discovered by astronomer Charles Messier way back in 1778.


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24 April, 2015 - 11:24