‘2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar’ Shares New NASA Photo Each Day Until Christmas

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

The Bubble Nebula. Photo: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team

Alan Young of The Atlantic is keeping up his annual tradition of curating one of the most unique advent calendars of the season. For the past 10 years, Young has put together the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, publishing one photograph from NASA's space telescope every day until December 25.

The Hubble Space Telescope, which was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, has taken some of the most detailed visible-light images in the world, giving an unparalleled look at the depths of space. Through NASA's dedicated page about the Hubble mission, you can even see what the telescope is currently looking at and browse galleries of still images captured in high resolution.

From festive skies dotted with brilliant stars to a surreal nebulous bubble formed from stellar wind, a scroll through the images reminds us of how wondrous the galaxy really is. Let's look at some of our favorite images from the first half of Young's advent calendar and keep watch of The Atlantic page and Facebook to see new images as they appear daily until Christmas.

Every year, The Atlantic publishes a Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, check out some of the images from the 2017 edition.

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

Hubble's festive view of a grand star-forming region. Photo: NASA, ESA, and F. Paresce, INAF-IASF, Bologna, R. O'Connell, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and the Wide Field Camera 3 Science Oversight Committee

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

Infrared Horsehead Nebula. Photo:NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team, AURA / STScI

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

Turbulence in Sh2-106. Photo: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team, STScI / AURA, and NAOJ

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

Stellar powerhouses in the Eagle Nebula. Photo: ESA / Hubble & NASA

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

Grand swirls. Photo: ESA / Hubble & NASA, Flickr user Det58

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

Backlit Dust Lanes. Photo: NASA, ESA and W. Harris – McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar: Website | Facebook
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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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