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Like snowflakes, no two galaxies are alike. 1920's Photographer Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley shared his view on the subject of photographing snowflakes: "Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others."

The Hubble Heritage Team shares these sentiments when bringing images of galaxies and other celestial objects to the world, although our views are telescopic rather than microscopic.

Ice by Z. Levay

Background snowflake images on this page are a composite of Wilson Bentley snowflake images from the 1920's and Hubble images of M74 from 2007.

Very Happy
Holidays from:
Keith, Lisa, Zolt,
Bill, Milad, Forrest,
Max, Carol and Howard.
A special thank you to our
ESA Colleagues: Lars, Martin,
Amit, and Davide. More thanks
to the STScI News team: Ray, Greg,
Cheryl, Ann, Frank, Donna, Mario, Ed, &
Mary. Thanks to Online Outreach: Jon, Kelly,
John, and Stratis. Lastly we wish to send our
most sincerest thanks to Matt and our supportive
family at the Space Telescope Science Institute and to
the entire astronomical community and those with whom
we have worked over the past year.
Best Wishes
in 2008!
The Hubble
Heritage Team