The winning photograph, by Josh Lake, depicts NGC 1763, part of the N11 star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

The winning photograph, by Josh Lake, depicts NGC 1763, part of the N11 star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Andre van der Hoeven came in second place with an image of the spiral galaxy Messier 77.

Andre van der Hoeven came in second place with an image of the spiral galaxy Messier 77.

Third prize went to Judy Schmidt for this picture of XZ Tauri, a newborn star spraying gas into the surroundings and lighting up a nearby dust cloud.

Third prize went to Judy Schmidt for this picture of XZ Tauri, a newborn star spraying gas into the surroundings and lighting up a nearby dust cloud.

Renaud Houdinet won fourth prize with a mosaic of Hubble images depicting Chamaeleon I, a nebula that’s so big, it can’t be squeezed into a single Hubble image.

Robert Gendler took fifth place with an image of Messier 96, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Leo.

Claude Cornen created a striking image of the supernova remnant SNR 0519-69.

A planetary nebula by Josh Barrington.

Another planetary nebula by Flickr user kyokugaisha1.

And yet another planetary nebula (Abell 68), this one by Nick Rose.

The dwarf galaxy IC 10, by Nikolaus Sulzenauer.

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10 Stunning Images From The Hubble Space Telescope

These freshly processed images, are, in a word, stellar.

The Hubble Space Telescope has collected millions of observations about deep space, few of which the public ever sees. Though the images are hugely valuable and have made crucial contributions to our understanding of astrophysics, they are, in raw form, difficult for a general audience to digest; we still expect the cosmos to look like something out of Star Trek.

So in an effort to better visualize what the telescope has been up to all these years, the European Space Agency opened its archive and invited members of the public to transform the Hubble data of their choosing into catchy (non-rocket scientist-friendly) images. More than 1,100 entries were submitted. They ranged from a dramatic shot of a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud to a vertigo-inducing picture of the spiral galaxy Messier 96. The images are so crisp and vibrant, they really do resemble a glammed up Hollywood vision of outerspace. Luckily, no one Photoshopped in William Shatner.

Check out the winners above.

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