Cat's Eye Nebula
In 2004 Hubble revisited the psychedelic gas bubble known as the Cat’s Eye Nebula, revealing at least 11 previously unknown concentric rings and knots of glowing gas blown out into space by a dying sunlike star.
Celebrate Hubble's 25th Anniversary in Space With These Awesome Photos
Hubble's lead imaging scientist shares his favorite celestial views from the space telescope.
For 25 years now, the Hubble Space Telescope has expanded the frontiers of human knowledge. Using it to peer deep into space and back in cosmic time with unprecedented clarity, astronomers learned that galaxies formed from smaller patches of stuff in the early universe and that massive galaxies typically harbor supermassive black holes at their centers.
The space telescope’s global popularity surely arises, though, not only from its many scientific attainments but also from the spectacular images it has produced of glittering galaxies, softly glowing nebulae, and the wreckage of shattered stars. A quarter century later the cosmic scenes assembled by Zoltan Levay and his colleagues at the Space Telescope Science Institute have, in the words of NASA historian Steven J.