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Stunning IMAGES from the farthest corners of our cosmos

Last updated on: February 12, 2013 08:48 IST

Images from the farthest corners of our cosmos

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The Hubble Space Telescope, which was carried into orbit in 1990, orbits outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allowing it to take extremely sharp images with almost no background light. 

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Image: An aesthetic close-up of cosmic clouds and stellar winds featuring LL Orionis, interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in Orion's stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun.
Photographs: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team/Reuters

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The tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Carina. 

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Photographs: NASA/Reuters

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A view of the Whirlpool Galaxy's curving arms where newborn stars reside and its yellowish central core that serves as home for older stars.

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Photographs: NASA/Reuters

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An image of a small region within a hotbed of star formation M17, also known as the Omega or Swan Nebula, located about 5,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Sagittarius. 

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Photographs: NASA/ESA/J. Hester/Reuters

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An image of the Eagle Nebula reveals a tall, dense tower of gas being sculpted by ultraviolet light from a group of massive, hot stars. 

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Photographs: NASA/Reuters

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An image of the Bug Nebula shows impressive walls of compressed gas, laced with trailing strands and bubbling outflows. A dark, dusty torus surrounds the inner nebula (seen at the upper right). At the heart of the turmoil is one of the hottest stars known. 

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Photographs: HO/ESA/NASA/Albert Zijlstra/Reuters

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The "Black Eye" galaxy, so named because an ancient cosmic smashup produced a dark ring and a roiling, conflicted interior. What looks like a black eye in the image is actually a dark band of dust that stands out vividly in front of the galaxy's bright nucleus.

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Photographs: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team/Reuters
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An image shows a giant star-forming nebula with massive young stellar clusters. 

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Photographs: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage/Handout/Reuters
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Image taken from Hubble space telescope shows a crater on an object called 8405 Asbolus, a 48 mile-wide chuck of ice and dust that lies between Saturn and Uranus. Astronomers using the telescope found what looks like a fresh water crater less than 10 million years old, exposing underlying ice that is apparently unlike any yet seen. 

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Photographs: Handout/Reuters
Tags: PHOTOS , Hubble , Uranus

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The first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star. Estimated to be no more than three times Jupiter's mass the planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away.


Photographs: NASA/ESA/Reuters
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