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NASA Releases 30 New Stunning Space Photos To Celebrate The Hubble Telescope’s 30th Anniversary

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The Hubble Space Telescope is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit back in 1990. This year marks the telescope’s 30th anniversary, and to celebrate, NASA released 30 new stunning space photos in addition to the Caldwell catalog. NASA says that there’s something special about these “celestial gems” – all of them can be seen using regular backyard telescopes, and some of them can even be spotted using binocular or simply the naked eye!

The Caldwell catalog is a collection of celestial objects compiled by British amateur astronomer Sir Patrick Caldwell-Moore and published back in 1995. It was inspired by the Messier catalog and contains the galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae not included in the latter catalog.

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#1 Caldwell 45

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#2 Caldwell 29

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You might notice that some of the photos may appear cropped – and NASA has an explanation for that. “Because of Hubble’s detailed field of view, some of its pictures do not capture the entirety of a Caldwell object, sometimes instead zooming in on clusters of young stars in the arms of a spiral galaxy, stars on the outskirts of a cluster, or the zombie star at the heart of a nebula,” explains NASA. “But in other cases, a mosaic of Hubble observations assemble to create a complete or nearly complete portrait of the celestial marvel.”

Check out the rest of the new stunning space photos in the gallery below!

#3 Caldwell 40

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#4 Caldwell 72

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#5 Caldwell 99

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#6 Caldwell 36

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#7 Caldwell 87

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#8 Caldwell 68

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#9 Caldwell 81

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#10 Caldwell 89

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#11 Caldwell 56

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#12 Caldwell 53

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#13 Caldwell 84

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#14 Caldwell 2

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#15 Caldwell 51

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#16 Caldwell 71

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#17 Caldwell 107

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#18 Caldwell 76

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#19 Caldwell 52

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#20 Caldwell 78

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#21 Caldwell 96

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#22 Caldwell 14

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#23 Caldwell 17

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#24 Caldwell 108

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#25 Caldwell 18

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#26 Caldwell 73

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#27 Caldwell 58

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#28 Caldwell 83

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#29 Caldwell 66

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#30 Caldwell 82

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To learn more about the images, check out the video below!

 

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