As the Hubble space telescope is set to have its 24th birthday of being in space next week it has released hundreds of images and broadened our knowledge of space and the galaxy.
Earlier in the year the operators of the telescope released a new image to celebrate the anniversary.
We’ve looked back through the archives from the telescope and picked out some of its most striking images from across the years.
1997: Blue Straggler Star
For the first time astronomers managed to capture a Blue Straggler – a young star that is among a well-established group of stars.
Nasa said at the time: “This finding provides proof that blue stragglers are created by collisions or other intimate encounters in an overcrowded cluster core.”
1998: Bright Knots being ejected
This black and white image shows an ejection of mass from a super-hot star known as a Wolf-Tayet star.
Nasa said at the time: “The blobs may result from the furious stellar wind that does not flow smoothly into space but has instabilities which make it clumpy.
“This black and white image was made in the light of atomic hydrogen.”
2000: Satellite footprints is Jupiter Aurora
Half a billion miles away on Jupiter this electric-blue aurora is glowing.
Nasa said: “Though the aurora resembles the same phenomenon that crowns Earth’s polar regions, the Hubble image shows unique emissions from the magnetic “footprints” of three of Jupiter’s largest moons.”
2004: 400-year old Supernova mystery solved
The last object to explode in our Milky Way galaxy was finally revealed as Kepler’s supernova in 2004 by the use of the Hubble and also two other observatories.
“When a new star appeared alongside Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn on Oct. 9, 1604, observers could use only their eyes to study it. The telescope would not be invented for another four years,” said Nasa.
It continued: “Modern-day astronomers, on the other hand, have the combined abilities of the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory at their disposal.”
2005: Mosaic of the Crab Nebula
This is the highest resolution image of the Crab Nebula, a six-light-year-wide expanding remnant of a star’s supernova explosion, that has even been captured.
Nasa said: “His composite image was assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 in October 1999, January 2000, and December 2000.”
2013: 3-D Structure of Ejected Material
The Hubble telescope and its team tracked light from an erupting star and managed to create a 3D structure of the material.
Nasa said: “After 45 years of peaceful bliss, the nova T Pyxidis erupted again in 2011.
“Astronomers took advantage of a flash of light accompanying the blast to map the ejecta from previous outbursts surrounding the double-star system.”