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Pictures: Hubble Space Telescope's top pics of space

A selection of the incredible images snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope since it launched in 1990.
The telescope orbits about 350 miles above Earth. This spectacular shot shows dust coming from a red supergiant star called V838 Monocerotis.
Hubble Space Telescope image - dust coming from a red supergiant star called V838 Monocerotis
This nightmarish gas and dust cloud was snapped in 2002. It's called the Cone Nebula because it's shaped like a cone!
Hubble Space Telescope image - Cone Nebula
The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 and has taken more than 1 million incredible images from space. This one shows towers of gas and dust as new stars are formed.
Hubble Space Telescope image - towers of gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula
This picture is called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field and shows a whopping 10,000 galaxies of different sizes and ages. It includes some of the most distant galaxies ever seen - they're the smallest, reddest ones.
Hubble Space Telescope image - Hubble Ultra Deep Field showing 10,000 galaxies
Hundreds of bright blue stars are cuddled by warm, glowing clouds. They were snapped in a neighbouring galaxy to ours.
Hubble Space Telescope image - blue stars surrounded by warm, glowing clouds in a nearby stellar nursery
Two galaxies are shown smashing into each other. As they merge, billions of stars are born.
Hubble Space Telescope image - two galaxies smashing together
This one looks a bit like a hurricane - its name is M51, but is also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy.
Hubble Space Telescope image - Whirlpool Galaxy