The stunning pictures of Saturn, the deep field, the Eagle, Crab, and Butterfly nebulae. In its 20 years of operation, the Hubble Space Telescope has taken what are now some of the most famous images in astronomy. But you've seen those over and over. As NASA prepares to mark the telescope's two-decade anniversary on April 24, we thought we'd bring you a selection of the Hubble's slightly less famous--but still gorgeous--contributions.
These ravishing images come from the new book by Edward J. Weiler, Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time, published by Abrams Books in collaboration with NASA.
This is the Carina Nebula, and the image represents a 50-light-year-wide swath of the star-birthing region. On the far left lies the star Eta Carinae, flanked by double clouds of gas and dust.
All text by Andrew Moseman; All images courtesy of NASA.