With all due respect to University of Connecticut basketball fans, the outcome of this competition is a bit more impressive. A Facebook (FB) contest dubbed “Hubble Madness” that pitted 32 images taken by the space telescope has produced a winner: the Mystic Mountain. That area in the Carina Nebula is a pillar of gas, dust, and stars that measures more than three light-years tall, roughly 7,500 light-years from earth.
NASA released the image in 2010 to celebrate the Hubble’s 20th anniversary, describing it as “reminiscent of a craggy fantasy mountaintop surrounded by wispy clouds.” Voting for the images occurred online over two weeks. The other cosmic players can be seen here.