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Hubble Scores

‘Hubble Madness’ Picks a Winning Image, and Deep Space Never Looked So Good


Carina Nebula

Photograph by ESA/M. Livio/NASA

Carina Nebula

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.

Bachman is an associate editor for Businessweek.com.

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