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The Hubble Space Telescope: A 25th Anniversary Photo Celebration

2011: Interacting Galaxies Arp 273

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Two interacting galaxies (UGC 1810 on top and UGC 1813 below) that are together known as Arp 273, were captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

2012: Planetary Nebula NGC 5189

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The website of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope touted planetary nebula NGC 5189 as festive-looking enough to serve as a holiday ornament in December 2012. Planetary nebulas represent the final stage in the life of a medium-sized star like the sun. The dying star comsumes the last of its core fuel, and expels a large portion of its outer envelope into space.

2013: Horsehead Nebula

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The well-known Horsehead Nebula has gained iconic status since its discovery over a century ago. The nebula was photographed in 2013 to mark the 23rd anniversary of the launch of Hubble Space Telescope aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The Horsehead Nebula makes up part of a much larger complex in the constellation Orion, the Orion Molecular Cloud, lying about 1,500 light-years away.

2014: Frontier Field Abell 2744

NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz, M. Mountain, A. Koekemoer, and the HFF Team (STScI)

Hubble Space Telescope made the deepest image of any cluster of galaxies with this long-exposure image of massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744. Some of the faintest and youngest galaxies ever detected in space appear here.

Eagle Nebula in Times Square

Jeremy Lips/Space.com

The Eagle Nebula, also known as the Pillars of Creation, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope and on display in Times Square as part of the Hubble 25 year anniversary celebration.

Star V838 in Times Square

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The star V838, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, illuminates a nearby gas cloud in a phenomenon known as a "light echo." The image is display in Times Square as part of the Hubble 25 year anniversary celebr

Orion Nebula in Times Square

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A total of 520 images, taken in five colors by the Hubble Space Telescope, make up this picture of the Orion Nebula. The image is on display in Times Square as part of the Hubble 25 year anniversary celebration.

Horsehead Nebula in Times Square

Jeremy Lips/Space.com

The Horsehead Nebula, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope and on display in Times Square as part of the Hubble 25 year anniversary celebration.

Arp 273 in Times Square

Jeremy Lips/Space.com

The interacting galaxies known as Arp 273, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope and on display in Times Square as part of the Hubble 25 year anniversary celebration.

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