Deep Space Pictures

Here are some amazing deep space pictures.

This is an image of the Bullet Cluster taken by Hubble. It’s a beautiful photograph, but it’s also evidence for dark matter. This cluster was formed through the collision of two clusters of galaxies. The strange thing is that the dark matter was separated away from the gas and dust in the cluster.

galaxy M82

This is a picture of the active galaxy M82 taken by the three Great Observatories: Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer. This picture was released to celebrate 16 years of activity for Hubble.

 Papillon Nebula N159-5

This is a picture of a massive star forming region called the Papillon Nebula. This is just a smaller region in the much larger nebula N159.

Sombrero Galaxy

Here’s a classic picture of the Sombrero Galaxy, located about 28 million light-years from Earth. This galaxy measures 50,000 light-years across.

Disk of Cold Gas and Dust Fuels

This is an image of a strange disk of gas at the core of galaxy NGC 4261. Astronomers think that this is the result of a supermassive black hole feeding on gas and dust.

We’ve written many articles about deep space for Universe Today. Here’s an article about new deep space photos taken by Hubble, and here’s an article about alcohol in deep space.

If you’d like more amazing photographs, the best place to look is NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. I also recommend you check out the website for the Hubble Space Telescope.

We’ve recorded many episodes of Astronomy Cast, including one about Hubble. Check it out, Episode 88: The Hubble Space Telescope.