Today marks the 18th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, and to celebrate, NASA has released a collection of 59 new Hubble images (under the fantastic title "Galxies Gone Wild!") that present galaxies in all of their volatile wonder.
We see them colliding, merging, spiraling away—all of the things that crazy galaxies do when they
get drunk on spring break exist for billions of years in the universe. Thanks to the decision to keep Hubble aloft for another five years (a Shuttle mission planned for this summer will service the telescope for the final time), we can expect greatness from the world's most famous space telescope well into the next decade.
All photos and captions are courtesy NASA via hubblesite.org.
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