Top 100 spectacular photographs of distant galaxies

A collection of 100 breath-takingly gorgeous photographs taken with the Hubble telescope can be found here: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/archive/top100/

Scroll slowly through these photographs and a deep sense of the wonder of our Universe will come over you. Astronomers who customarily label their findings with abstract names like galaxy  “NGC123”  have resorted to vivid poetic metaphors in response to these magnificent images – “A rose made of galaxies”, “Butterfly emerges from stellar demise”, “The Red Spider Nebula: Surfing in Sagittarius”, “The very curious creation of an ageing star”, “Colliding galaxies make love not war”, “Mosaic of the majestic Sombrero Galaxy,” “Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula.”

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