Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Different Type of Landscape Photography

Almost everyone thinks of the beauty of Earth whenever the words landscape photography comes up. What else is there to think of? Space is the answer to that question, and the Hubble telescope has been photographing it for years.

How does the Hubble space telescope work? It is vital to take on this question before getting into the Hubble's photography. Here are some short articles about it. Sections 3 and 4 are the most important parts.

Eagle Nebula
"The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) is Hubble's main "eye," or camera. It sees with the help of four CCD chips arranged in an "L" shape to catch the light -- three low-resolution, wide-field CCD chips, plus one high-resolution planetary camera CCD chip. All four chips are exposed simultaneously to the target, and the target image is centered on the desired CCD chip. This eye can see visible and ultraviolet light, and can take images through various filters to make natural color pictures, such as this well-known image of the Eagle nebula."


"If Hubble couldn't focus, it wouldn't have been able to take this image of a dying star named NGC 6369 on Nov. 7, 2002." (


"Although Hubble can't point at the sun, it can still take some pretty awesome images, like this one, which shows a halo of hot gas surrounding spiral galaxy NGC 4631 that's similar to the Milky Way galaxy. " (

There are far too many images taken by the Hubble to post here, but here is a website where you can view many more:

Here are a couple of my favorites.

Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300

Credit: NASAESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Dust Band Around the Nucleus of  Black Eye Galaxy  M64

Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

Hubble Captures View of 'Mystic Mountain'

"About This Image
Hubble's 20th anniversary image shows a mountain of dust and gas rising in the Carina Nebula. The top of a three-light-year tall pillar of cool hydrogen is being worn away by the radiation of nearby stars, while stars within the pillar unleash jets of gas that stream from the peaks.
Credit: NASAESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)" (

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