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  Astronomers select "Top Ten Most Amazing Pictures" taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. After correcting an initial problem with the lens when "Hubble" was first launched in 1990, the floating astro-observatory began to relay back to Earth incredible snapshots of the "final frontier" it was perusing. Recently, astronauts voted on the top photographs taken by Hubble. Remarking in the article from the Daily Mail, reporter Michael Hanlon says the photos "illustrate that our Universe is not only deeply strange, but almost impossibly beautiful."
#1 The Sombrero Galaxy, M104, (Constell. Virgo) is 28 million light yrs. from Earth. Voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. It has 800 billion suns/50,000 light years across.
#3 The Eskimo Nebula, NGC 2392 (Constell. Gemini), called "Eskimo" because it looks like a face surrounded by a furry hood. 5,000 light years from Earth.
#5 The HourGlass Nebula, MyCn 18, is produced by the expansion of a fast stellar wind within a slowly expanding cloud which is denser near its equator than its poles.
#7 The Swan Nebula, M17 (Constell. Sagittarius)-a bubbly ocean of glowing hydrogen gas & small amounts of oxygen, sulphur & other elements.
#9 Two colliding & merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163.

#2 The Ant Nebula, Mz3, a cloud of dust and gas, resembles an ant when observed through a telescope. Lies within Milky Way Galaxy, approximately 4,500 light years from Earth.
#4 The Cat's Eye Nebula, NGC 6543 (Constell. Draco) It is a planetary nebula and is one of of the most complex nebula known, also one of the most beautiful.
#6 The Cone Nebula, NGC 2264. The Cone's shape comes from a dark absorption nebula consisting of cold molecular hydrogen & dust in front of a faint emission nebula.
#8 "Starry Night", so named because it reminded astronomers of the Van Gogh painting. It is a halo of light around a giant red-star in the Milky Way.
#10 The Trifid Nebula, M20 (constell. Sagittarius). A "stellar nursery" where new stars are being born.

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