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9 Hubble Space Telescope Photos That Will Take Your Breath Away

3C 321

3C 321

This picture captures 3C 321, a supermassive black hole dubbed the "death star galaxy," blasting a powerful jet at a neighboring galaxy. This vicious attack may have had a profound effect on all of the planets in its path and caused a burst of star formations. 

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Eta Carinae

Eta Carinae

No, this isn’t a star exploding, but it isn't far off. This is a picture of the doomed star Eta Carinae. It’s suspected to turn into a supernova, and let’s just hope we catch some shots of that! It’s suspected of being the brightest supernova ever recorded.

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V838 Monocerotis

V838 Monocerotis

Light traveling behind the dust around the supergiant star V838 Monocerotis provided Hubble with this amazing shot. Has 2001: A Space Odyssey's Hal made it to outer space?

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Helix Nebula

Helix Nebula

This shockingly astonishing array of colors was created by the death of a star in the Helix Nebula. The colors envelope the black around it and create one of the most gorgeous sights on the list.

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Centaurus A

Centaurus A

This starburst galaxy is known as Centaurus A, and it consistently creates amazing photos. It is the brightest in the universe, with the center containing a super-massive black hole.

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MyCn18

MyCn18

This creepy photo is MyCn18, another dying star. The turquoise center looks like an all-knowing eye staring straight at you from 8,000 light years away. The astonishing colors were enough to make it the cover of a Pearl Jam album.

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Bug Nebula

Bug Nebula

NGC 6302, or the Bug Nebula, is the most amazing dying star on the list. The violent death is shrouded by a blanket of hailstones, making for a spectacularly brutal image. The colors explode out from the center of the nebula, emanating from one of the hottest stars in the galaxy. Talk about going out with a bang!

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Nebula M2-9

Nebula M2-9

The colors of this nebula will take your breath away, looking like something out of a science fiction movie! In reality, it's supersonic exhaust from Nebula M2-9. It’s no surprise that this nebula is also called Wings of a Butterfly.

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NGC 2207 and IC 2163

NGC 2207 and IC 2163

People aren’t the only things that tango. Galaxies have also been known to dance from time to time! Here we see two spiral galaxies, NGC 2207 and IC 2163, in the process of merging. Each has a “stellar mass” black hole in its center that pulls matter from its neighbor. These galaxies have had three supernova explosions in the past 15 years. Talk about a sight!

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