NASA images from the Hubble and James Webb Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope, launched in 2021 has given us an even deeper insight into the universe. In its first year of science operations, the J W S Telescope exceeded astronomers’ expectations and wowed the world with stunning imagery It is the largest, most powerful space telescope ever built, allowing scientists to look at what our universe was like about 200 million years after the Big Bang, capturing images of some of the first galaxies ever formed and observe objects in our solar system from Mars outwards, look inside dust clouds to see where new stars and planets are forming and examine the atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars.

We are thrilled to bring these NASA images to life in our illuminated frames. Each astonishing capture of worlds around us comes with a detailed description of our fascinating universe. These incredible unearthly creations look stunning wherever they are displayed. All images and text courtesy of NASA.


The Crab NebulaThe Crab Nebula – Messier 1 

The Crab Nebula, 6,500 light years away, is an expanding remnant of a star’s supernova explosion. Recorded by Japanese and Chinese astronomers almost 1,000 years ago in 1054 AD, the glowing relic has been expanding since the star exploded, and it is now approximately 11 light-years in width.

This Hubble mosaic is one of the largest images ever taken of a supernova remnant by the space telescope. It is also the highest resolution image ever made of the entire Crab Nebula, which is located 6,500 light-years away. The composite was assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in October 1999, January 2000, and December 2000.

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The Cartwheel Galaxy The Cartwheel Galaxy

This galaxy formed as the result of a high-speed collision that occurred about 400 million years ago. The Cartwheel is composed of two rings, a bright inner ring and a colorful outer ring. Both rings expand outward from the center of the collision like shockwaves. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has peered into the chaos of the Cartwheel Galaxy, revealing new details about star formation and the galaxy’s central black hole. Webb’s powerful infrared gaze produced this detailed image of the Cartwheel and two smaller companion galaxies against a backdrop of many other galaxies. This image provides a new view of how the Cartwheel Galaxy has changed over billions of years. 

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Starry Starry Night – Globular Cluster Messier 107

The Hubble Space Telescope captured a crowd of stars that looks rather like a stadium darkened before a show, lit only by the flashbulbs of the audience’s cameras. Yet the many stars of this object, known as Messier 107, are not a fleeting phenomenon, at least by human reckoning of time – these ancient stars have gleamed for many billions of years.

Messier 107 is one of more than 150 globular star clusters found around the disc of the Milky Way galaxy. These spherical collections each contain hundreds of thousands of extremely old stars and are among the oldest objects in the Milky Way.

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The Phantom Galaxy

Available in 300 x 600mm This image from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope shows the heart of M74, otherwise known as the Phantom Galaxy. Webb’s sharp vision has revealed delicate filaments of gas and dust in the grandiose spiral arms which wind outwards from the centre of this image. A lack of gas in the nuclear region also provides an unobscured view of the nuclear star cluster at the galaxy’s centre. M74 is a particular class of spiral galaxy known as a ‘grand design spiral’, meaning that its spiral arms are prominent and well-defined, unlike the patchy and ragged structure seen in some spiral galaxies.

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This image of the Andromeda galaxy, or M31, includes data from the ESA (European Space Agency) Herschel mission, supplemented with data from ESA’s retired Planck observatory and two retired NASA missions: the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) and Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE).

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The Twin Jet NebulaThe Twin Jet Nebula

A planetary nebula lying some 4200 light-years away, viewed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Planetary nebulae are formed when the outer layers of an aging low-mass star are ejected and interact with the surrounding interstellar medium, leaving behind a compact white dwarf. The shimmering colours visible in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image show off the remarkable complexity of the Twin Jet Nebula. The new image highlights the nebula’s shells and its knots of expanding gas in striking detail. Two iridescent lobes of material stretch outwards from a central star system. Within these lobes two huge jets of gas are streaming from the star system at speeds in excess of one million kilometres per hour.

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Helix Nebula

When a star like the Sun runs out of fuel, it expands and its outer layers puff off, and then the core of the star shrinks. This phase is known as a “planetary nebula,” and astronomers expect our Sun will experience this in about 5 billion years. This Helix Nebula images contains infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope (green and red), optical light from Hubble (orange and blue), ultraviolet from NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (cyan), and Chandra’s X-rays (appearing as white) showing the white dwarf star that formed in the center of the nebula. The image is about four light years across.

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Galaxy Central revealing the Milky Way's centre Galaxy Central  Revealing the Milky Way’s Centre

The center of our Milky Way galaxy is hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes by clouds of obscuring dust and gas. But in this stunning vista, the Spitzer Space Telescope’s infrared cameras penetrate much of the dust, revealing the stars of the crowded galactic center region. The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will offer a much-improved infrared view, teasing out fainter stars and sharper details.

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Wolf Rayet Dying Star 

JWT  A rarely seen prelude to a Supernova The rare sight of a Wolf-Rayet star – among the most luminous, most massive, and most briefly detectable stars known – was one of the first observations made by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in June 2022. The rare sight of a Wolf-Rayet star – among the most luminous, most massive, and most briefly detectable stars known – was one of the first observations made by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in June 2022. Webb shows the star, WR 124, in unprecedented detail with its powerful infrared instruments. The star is 15,000 light-years away in the constellation Sagitta.

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The Blue Ring Nebula

Available in 300 x 600mm The Blue Ring Nebula posed a 16 year old Cosmic Mystery, now solved, revealing stellar missing link.  The Blue Ring Nebula which perplexed scientists for over a decade appears to be the youngest known example of two stars merging into one.

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Behemoth black holeBehemoth Black Hole

Astronomers have uncovered a near-record breaking supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in an unlikely place: in the center of a galaxy in a sparsely populated area of the universe. The observations, made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the Gemini Telescope in Hawaii, may indicate that these monster objects may be more common than once thought.

Until now, the biggest supermassive black holes – those roughly 10 billion times the mass of our sun – have been found at the cores of very large galaxies in regions of the universe packed with other large galaxies. In fact, the current record holder tips the scale at 21 billion suns and resides in the crowded Coma galaxy cluster that consists of over 1,000 galaxies.

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