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Here are only a few of the hundreds of stunning shots taken by WFPC2 over 15 years. The camera that will replace WFPC2, called WFC3, will be more sensitive to light from objects even farther away.

Left: Jupiter in the process of being bombarded by fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy (dark smudges show impacts);

Middle: The Spirograph Nebula, showing the end stage of a Sun-like star;

Right: The Hubble Deep Field (HDF), Hubble's landmark view deep into the universe that showed the incredible number and complexity of galaxies there.

Left: A magnificent spiral galaxy, NGC 1512, encircled by a starburst ring filled with infant star clusters;

Middle: Sheets of debris — the remains of an exploded star (called a supernova remnant), found in a nearby galaxy;

Right: Starbirth regions within three pillars of gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula.


Jupiter: R. Evans, J. Trauger, H. Hammel and the HST Comet Science Team and NASA
Spirograph: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
HDF: R. Williams (STScI), the Hubble Deep Field Team and NASA
NGC 1512: NASA, ESA, and D. Maoz (Tel Aviv University and Columbia University)
Supernova remnant: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Eagle Nebula: NASA, ESA, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (ASU)