Newly Refurbished Hubble Sends Back Stunning First Images

What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit, as the Planetary Nebula NGC 6302 expands outward from a dying star. NASA

We always like to look forward to bigger and better tech, but NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, though it’s been around the block, still holds a special place in every geek’s heart. Now the freshly repaired and upgraded telescope has resumed churning out enough images of cosmic glory to turn anyone’s head.

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Here you can view some of the finest galaxy and star cluster images that NASA has collected to date from the refurbished Hubble. Those hankering for a true 3-D interstellar tour can also check out our earlier coverage of Hubble’s Ultra Deep Field image.