NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made over one million observations during its more than two decades in orbit. New images are published nearly every week, but hidden in Hubble's huge data archives are some truly breathtaking images that have never been seen. They're called Hubble's Hidden Treasures, and you can now help to bring them to light.
Between now and May 31, 2012, the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA's partner in the Hubble mission, invites you to explore Hubble's vast science archive to dig out the best unseen Hubble images. Find a great dataset in the Hubble Legacy Archive (HLA) at http://hla.stsci.edu, adjust the contrast and colors using the simple online tools, and submit to the Hubble's Hidden Treasures Contest Flickr group.
For an extra challenge, try using the same software that astronomical imaging professionals use to process Hubble images. Just download the data from the HLA at http://hla.stsci.edu/, process using powerful open-source software such as ESA/ESO/NASA FITS Liberator, or Photoshop and GIMP, and make a beautiful image for the Hubble's Hidden Treasures Image Processing Contest Flickr group.
For more information about the competition, visit the Hubble's Hidden Treasures webpage at http://www.spacetelescope.org/hiddentreasures.
The HLA is designed to optimize science from the Hubble Space Telescope by providing online enhanced Hubble science products and advanced browsing capabilities. The HLA is a joint project of the Space Telescope Science Institute, the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility, and the Canadian Astronomy Data Center.
For additional information, contact:
ESA/Hubble, Garching, Germany