<p>The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7653,&nbsp;is an emission nebula located 8,000 light-years away. This stunning new image, released on Thursday,&nbsp;<a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160421-hubble-space-telescope-birthday-picture-bubble-nebula/">was captured to&nbsp;celebrate&nbsp;Hubble’s&nbsp;26th year in space</a>.</p>

Candy-Colored Bubble

The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7653, is an emission nebula located 8,000 light-years away. This stunning new image, released on Thursday, was captured to celebrate Hubble’s 26th year in space.

Photograph by NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team

Week's Best Space Pictures: Hubble Turns 26

We celebrate the space telescope's birthday with a look at its best pictures from the past year.

Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our pick of the most awe-inspiring space pictures.

This week, National Geographic celebrates the Hubble Space Telescope’s 26th birthday with a roundup of its best pictures from the past year, including colorful clouds, gigantic pillars, and glittering galaxies.

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