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September 9, 2009 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-25

Hubble Opens New Eyes on the Universe

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Video: Hubble Records Clash of the Titans

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Scientists have concluded the checkout period for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and are now revealing images showcasing the power of the much-improved observatory. In this zoom sequence, Hubble's new Wide Field Camera 3 focuses its attention on a group of five galaxies known as Stephan's Quintet. Three of the galaxies are interacting, while one of the galaxies actually lies about seven times closer to Earth than the rest of the group. The wide range of colors in the image depicts the varying ages of the stars.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

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