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Hubble image processing competition creates stunning new views from old data

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has published a set of stunning pictures produced by the winners of an amateur image processing competition, designed to generate new views of space from raw data.

Hubble image processing winner
Hubble image processing winner

The European Space Agency (ESA) last week revealed the winners in a public image processing competition aimed at making new pictures from the vast amounts of data captured by its Hubble Space Telescope. First prize was awarded to Josh Clark, whose image, above, shows part of a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite of the Milky Way. Clark processed Hubble's data using non-natural colors in order to show up the contrast between glowing areas of hydrogen and nitrogen. Other winners included Robert Gendler, a veteran of such competitions, who submitted a processed image of galaxy M96 — one of Gendler's previous images, depicting the well-known Andromeda galaxy, was used as the default wallpaper on Apple's OS X Lion operating system. Head over to the Hubble site to check out the full range of entries, as well as the winners of ESA's image search competition, designed to uncover previously unpublished pictures.