Where are the high-resolution Hubble images?

High-resolution versions of each Hubble image are generally available through the HubbleSite NewsCenter. The Images link on each press release will take you to a page showing you all the images associated with that release. Once you are at the Images page, clicking on an image will take you to a page providing versions of that image in several different formats and resolutions. The Full Resolution images on that page are the highest-resolution images we have. We cannot provide higher-resolution images than those because of the limitations of Hubble’s digital cameras.

Where can I get Hubble wallpaper for my computer?

Many of the most famous and spectacular Hubble images are available as wallpaper at http://hubblesite.org/gallery/wallpaper.

How can I get more information on planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, extra-solar planets, black holes, etc.?

We suggest one of the following Internet sites, which are available to answer astronomy and science questions:

Ask an Astrophysicist — Dedicated especially to questions about black holes, quasars, dark matter, etc.

Curious About Astronomy? Ask an Astronomer! — Hosted by Cornell University.

The Astronomy Café — Hosted by Dr. Sten Oldenwald.

Ask An Astronomer at Lick Observatory.

Nick Strobel’s Astronomy Notes — A “Do-It-Yourself Astronomy 101” course for everyone.

The Electronic Sky — An excellent source for information for beginners.

The Nine Planets — Solar System information.

The Educational Observatory — More information for the beginner.

Students for Exploration and Development of Space — Resources designed by students for students.

Where can I get posters, prints, slides or transparencies of Hubble images?

Electronic versions of our press release images are available free of charge via our Web sites. These images may be used in accordance with the restrictions outlined in our copyright notice, which can be reviewed at http://hubblesite.org/copyright/.

Hubblesite's Gallery section offers a feature called "Astronomy Printshop," which provides images and instructions on how to easily print them out at a photo store, photo kiosk, or online photolab. You can also use your home printer.

Many vendors offer Hubble images and related products for sale. Hubble images and products are widely available wherever you can find space-related products, such as your local science center or planetarium. We do not directly sell Hubble images or products, and we are restricted from recommending or listing vendors that do.

Many of the images taken by Hubble are never formally released to the public and are typically only of interest to the scientific community. Full access to these data, which can be processed into viewable images, is available online via the Hubble Data Archive at http://archive.stsci.edu. The archive's mission is to serve the scientific community. It may not be useful to or easily operated by the general user.

 

Are Hubble images copyrighted?

Hubble images and materials created, authored, and/or prepared by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy and the Space Telescope Science Institute (AURA/STScI) are copyrighted in content, presentation, and intellectual, creative origin. This includes images hosted on our Web servers.

Detailed information about AURA/STScI copyright can be found at our Web site: http://hubblesite.org/copyright/.

Individuals wanting to download Hubble images for personal use (computer screen wallpaper, printing, use in a personal Web page) may do so without further permission from AURA/STScI.

Below is an excerpt from the STScI copyright page that covers most other uses.

Organizations or individuals seeking permission to reproduce products or technologies (referred to as "materials" herein) should contact STScI directly, while taking into account the following guidelines.

Non-commercial use: For all its copyrighted materials, STScI allows reproduction, authorship of derivative works, and other transformations of the original work strictly for educational and research purposes without further permission, and subject to the General Conditions stated above. For other non-commercial uses, permission should be obtained from AURA/STScI.
Commercial use: For copyrighted materials (images, text, multimedia products, graphical material, animation and digital video), permission should be obtained from the copyright owner, AURA/STScI, prior to use. STScI will work with vendors on a case by case basis, subject to STScI's "License and/or Rights for Use of STScI Products and Technologies", to establish appropriate permissions for use, which in some cases may involve a royalty agreement. If a recognizable person appears in an image, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity and permission should be obtained from the recognizable person.

HubbleSite and STScI are not responsible for content found outside of hubblesite.org and stsci.edu

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