The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the winners of an international public contest called Hubble's Hidden Treasures.
Budding amateur astronomers were invited to create beautiful color astronomical pictures from over 700,000 available images of stars, nebulae, and galaxies in the Hubble Space Telescope data archive. The vast amount of data available from Hubble means that there are at least hundreds of potentially beautiful images that have never gone public. The images Hubble takes through various color filters need to be combined through image processing to render an aesthetic and scientifically accurate view.
ESA received nearly 3,000 photo submissions from individuals who performed the color compositing and other photo enhancement techniques. Twenty prizes were awarded in several categories. Roughly half of the contestants used the Space Telescope Science Institute's Hubble Legacy Archive, which provides image processing tools for the public.
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Credit: ESA/Hubble (European Southern Observatory)