(OK, I admit it, this is just an excuse to post a gorgeous picture, but WAIT! There's MORE! Lots more pics, go check it out, they are all very impressive!)
To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 16 years of success, the two space agencies involved in the project, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), are releasing this image of the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82). This mosaic image is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of M82. The galaxy is remarkable for its bright blue disk, webs of shredded clouds, and fiery-looking plumes of glowing hydrogen blasting out of its central regions. The observation was made in March 2006.
HubbleSite - Happy Sweet Sixteen, Hubble Telescope! - 4/24/2006
Courtesy of Wired and BadAstronomerBlog