Friday, November 24, 2006

Hubble's Top Ten Photos

The Daily Mail (UK) reported yesterday (HT: WorldNetDaily) that astronomers have chosen the top ten photographs taken by the Hubble Telescope since its launch.

For a while it looked as if the whole mission would end in embarrassing failure.

After it was launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope, a $1.5 billion orbiting observatory, was found to have a glitch in its giant lens - rendering Earth's first orbital observatory short-sighted.

Gallery: The most amazing space photographs in the universe

But after an audacious Shuttle repair mission, when Hubble was fixed with what is effectively a pair of eyeglasses to correct its sight, the telescope has returned some of the most stunning images ever captured by science.

And now astronomers have voted for the best pictures taken by Hubble in its 16 years in orbit.

Hubble's Top Ten are shown here, and they illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.


The heavens declare the glory of God. Take a look at the Gallery link and see the declarations Hubble has discovered so far.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The fact that these images travelled millions of light yeard to make it into the Hubble's lens kinda blows the young earth theory out of the water, though.

Whoopsies!

SkyePuppy said...

Jacob,

I've never been a big subscriber to the young earth theory. God had the entire first half of eternity to set the stars spinning in the heavens and give them enough time to cool, until the earth was ready to sustain life. That's when He started making the plants and the animals and the fish in the sea and the birds of the air. Oh, and then us too.

I have to say I really enjoy your comments. You keep surprising me with all the ways you mistake my (evangelical Christians' in general, but mine by extension) beliefs. It keeps things fun.

Jacob said...

Me? Mistaken? Never.

PS. I was under the impression that God didn't make a start on the sun, moon and stars until the fourth day.

"God made the two great lights - the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night - and the stars."
-Gen 1:16

SkyePuppy said...

Jacob,

Somehow I've never looked at Genesis as a science textbook. It's the story of how the culmination of God's creation was mankind. He made it all for us.

Besides, the lights weren't on for the first three days, so how could Moses be sure exactly what was happening when, in the dark?

Anonymous said...

You should check out this ESA series on the Hubble.

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8DCB3F2E1AF98B48