NASA Just Released These New Images Taken By Hubble, And They're Seriously Spectacular

Messier 106, shown, is a spiral galaxy seen previously in the Hubble Messier Catalog. NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) and R. Gendler (for the Hubble Heritage Team); Acknowledgment: J. GaBany

Jonathan O`Callaghan 19 Mar 2018, 17:43

NASA has released a batch of new images in its Hubble Messier Catalogue, giving us fresh looks at galaxies, nebulae, and more.

Almost 250 years ago, French astronomer Charles Messier drew up a list of 103 major astronomical objects that could be seen from the Northern Hemisphere. After the Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990, astronomers began using it to take images of each object.

On March 16, 2018 NASA announced that 12 new images had been added to the Hubble Messier Catalog, meaning it has now snapped 93 of the total 110 objects (seven were added later).

Messier originally drew up his list so that he could more easily focus on watching comets. He labeled the most visible astronomical phenomena because he was frustrated that they looked like comets and caused him to waste time.

Some objects have required multiple exposures from Hubble to capture the entire object, such as the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), which required almost 7,400. Using its infrared and ultraviolet filters, Hubble has also given us a whole new view at some of these amazing locales.

You can check out the 12 new images below, while you can also see the full Hubble Messier Catalog on Flickr.

M58, located 62 million light-years from Earth, was one of the first galaxies recognized to have a spiral shape. NASA, ESA, STScI and D. Maoz (Tel Aviv University/Wise Observatory)


This is M59, 60 million light-years from Earth, which is unusual for having a central region that rotates oppositely to the rest of the galaxy. NASA, ESA, STScI, and W. Jaffe (Sterrewacht Leiden) and P. Côté (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory)


Found 22,200 light-years from Earth, the globular cluster M62 is irregularly shaped, possibly owing to its proximity to our Milky Way. NASA, ESA, STScI, and S. Anderson (University of Washington) and J. Chaname (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)


The globular cluster M75 contains about 400,000 stars. It is 13 billion years old and found 67,500 light-years from us. NASA, ESA, STScI, and G. Piotto (Università degli Studi di Padova) and E. Noyola (Max Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik)


The elliptical (or possibly lenticular) galaxy M86, containing 3,800 globular clusters, is moving towards us – although it’s still 52 million light-years away. NASA, ESA, STScI, and S. Faber (University of California, Santa Cruz) and P. Côté (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory)


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