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Stunning Holiday Starry Views from Hubble Telescope’s Celestial Snow Globe

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UGC 8091, a billion-star irregular dwarf galaxy in Virgo, 7 million light-years from Earth, was photographed by NASA’s Hubble Telescope in a festive snow globe-like image.

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Dazzling Image Reveals Irregular Galaxy UGC 8091 in Brilliant Colors

The image, made from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advance Camera for Surveys data from 2006 to 2021, is brilliant and colorful. The dazzling elements are older stars, whereas the red areas are interstellar hydrogen molecules. Due to their distance, faraway galaxies appear like stars in the backdrop.

Scientists used 12 filters to analyze data from mid-ultraviolet to visible red light to create the snow globe appearance.

The complex image shows blue and orange stars with core blue patches and circular red/pink gas. Hubble image of irregular galaxy UGC 8091 shows its star and interstellar variety.

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Hubble’s Snow Globe Joins Christmas-Themed Space Images

The Hubble image joins other space-themed Christmas images. November saw the James Webb Space Telescope study the Christmas Tree Galaxy Cluster, known for its bright lights. This month, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory examined a cosmic Christmas Tree. The supernova remnant Cassiopeia A, resembling a Christmas ornament, was just released with precise details.

These festive space photos, available for artistic interpretation, exhibit the cosmos’ splendor and offer a new viewpoint on celestial events. Astronomical snow globes from the Hubble enhance the festive joy.

READ ALSO: Hubble Telescope gifts us a dazzling starry ‘snow globe’ just in time for the holidays

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