Hubble's modern art

A piece of art? A time-lapse photo? A flickering light show?

It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly coloured stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288. It seems that even when Hubble makes a mistake, it can still kick-start our imagination.

(via Explore)

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Hubble’s modern art

A version of this image was entered into the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures image processing competition by contestant Judy Schmidt.

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