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How Hubble Sees

  • By Jeff Hester
  • Posted 07.01.08
  • NOVA scienceNOW

Many people have gazed in awe at the Hubble Space Telescope's image of the Eagle Nebula, also known as the "Pillars of Creation"—a spectacular star-forming region about 6,500 light-years away. But few laypeople realize just how much effort goes into preparing such images. In this feature, Jeff Hester, who "took" the image with his colleague Paul Scowen, walks you through the steps.

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Assemble the famous image of the Eagle Nebula from the Hubble Space Telescope's raw data.

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Courtesy of Jeff Hester

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