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Nigel Goes to Space

Join Nigel as he takes you on his journey to the stars and beyond!

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Nigel’s Favourite Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope

To celebrate Hubble’s 25th Anniversary Nigel bakes a Birthday cake and discusses his top 7 photographs taken by the low Earth orbit space telescope. This amazing spacecraft is named after the famous astronomer Edwin Hubble and has been taking spectacular pictures of the Universe for 25 years.

0:56 - Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 Bombards Jupiter (1994)
1:30 - Pillars of Creation - Eagle Nebula (2015)
1:55 - Mystic Mountain - Carina Nebula (2010)
2:41 - Cat's Eye Nebula - Dying Star (2004)
3:18 - Giant Hubble Mosaic of the Crab Nebula (2000)
3:56 - Interacting Galaxies Arp 142 (2013)
4:42 - Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (2012)

In this episode Nigel talks about… his favourite HST imagery, from the unexpected and dramatic changes in Jupiter's atmosphere caused by comet fragment collisions, to the telescope’s most iconic image, a star factory dubbed the Pillars of Creation. An image showing a mountain of dust and gas rising in the Carina Nebula celebrates Hubble's 20th anniversary. The Cat's Eye Nebula is a dying star that has created a fantasy-like sculpture of gas shells and is one of the most complex planetary nebulae seen in space. The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant, all that remains of a tremendous stellar explosion. Arp 142, the result of a collision between a spiral and an elliptical galaxy a whopping 326 million light-years away, looks like a celestial hummingbird. The incredible Hubble eXtreme Deep Field is an image of a small part of space in the centre of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field within the constellation Fornax, showing our deepest ever optical view of space.

Credits: Hubble Space Telescope Comet Team, The Hubble Heritage Team, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team, HEIC, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University), G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University) and the HUDF09 Team, NASA and the ESA.

Hubble official website - http://www.hubblesite.org
Hubble YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/hubblesitechannel

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