Hubble Photo Highlights in Galactic ColorUsing the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA astronomers have found what they believe to be the most distant and oldest galaxy ever detected by researchers. Their finding, reported in the Journal Nature on Jan. 26, 2011, reports tracking a smudge of light from almost 13.2 billion years ago.
This is just the latest finding sent back from the Hubble, which was sent into space in 1990. At NASA, where space hype is (understandably) hardly in short supply, they have described Hubble as the biggest advance in astronomy since the days of Galileo's telescope. Hyperbole, in this case, may be quite justified. In this gallery, we've assembled some of the more mind-blowing images taken by the Hubble during its gallactic peregrinations. Enjoy