25 Of The Most Jaw-Dropping Photographs Ever Taken By The Hubble Telescope

Wooohooo!! Not sure if you’re aware or not, but NASA’s Hubble space telescope turned 26 years old this year.

And what better way to celebrate that than to release this incredible image of Westerlund 2….. a cluster of nearly 3,000 stars.

Westerlund 2 is located in the Carina constellation, which is approximately 20,000 light-years away from Earth.

So the chances of us ever visiting, well…. lets just say it probably won’t happen. Not in your or my lifetime anyway.

Since space is so awesome an all lets take a look at 25 of Hubble’s greatest images ever taken.

Westerlund 2

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1. The Cat’s Eye Nebula — September 2004

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2. Messier 66, Largest of the Leo Triplet Galaxies — April 2010

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3. The Crab Nebula — December 2005

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4. Butterfly Nebula — August 2009

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5. Carina Nebula — February 2010

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6. IRAS 20324+4057, the “Cosmic Caterpillar” — August 2013

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7. Eagle Nebula — January 2015

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8. Supernova Remnant Bubble — October 2006

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9. Overlapping Galaxies 2MASX J00482185-2507365 — September 2006

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10. Lenticular Galaxy NGC 5866 — June 2006

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11. Retina Nebula — June 2001

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12. Hoag’s Object Galaxy — September 2002

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13. Ant Nebula — July 1997

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14. Sombrero Galaxy — May-June 2003

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15. The “Black Eye” Galaxy — February 2004

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16. Mars — June 2003

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17. Supernova Remnant LMC N 49 — July 2003

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18. Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A — January 2002

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19. Ring Galaxy AM 0644-741 — January 2004

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20. Galaxy M82 — March 2006

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21. Orion Nebula — 2004-2005

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22. Eskimo Nebula — January 2000

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23. Star Camelopardalis near the end of its life — July 2012

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24. Jupiter — 2014

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25. Horsehead Nebula — April 2013

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Now to a ride through Westerlud 2

Space is just so incredibly fascinating… Now if you really want to be freaked out, check out what happened when NASA recorded sound in space!

Let us know your thoughts below, and don’t forget to give this a share on Facebook before you go. (h/t Science.Mic)

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