The Hubble Telescope: beautiful pictures of planets, stars and galaxies

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When you live on a place as good as Earth – and with its combination of great restaurants and menswear boutiques, it’s pretty unbeatable – you can get ideas above your station. You’ll tell everyone about your new business or your blog or your Twitter-linked microsite, and you’ll think the universe revolves around you. 

At that moment, someone should you show you a selection of the pictures that have originated from the Hubble Space Telescope. Pictures of stars, of planets, of bizarre-looking ‘clouds’ millions of miles in diameter – just so you know how insignificant you (and the rest of us) are. 

A new book, Expanding Universe: Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope, celebrates this legacy. 

The Hubble Telescope was launched in 1990 with the intention of documenting previously unseen areas of the universe. Situated in a low orbit around the Earth, its had regular updates which has allowed it to take better and better pictures. The best of those images have been collated in Expanding Universe.

Publisher Taschen says, “Ultra high-resolution and taken with almost no background light, these pictures have answered some of the most compelling questions of time and space, while also revealing new mysteries, like the strange ‘dark energy’ that sees the universe expanding at an ever-accelerated rate.” 

And while these pictures really put all our achievements into context, they should also make us feel blessed for living in such a magical place at such an incredible time. 

Expanding Universe: Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope is published by Taschen, priced £44.99. More info here









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