Celebrating Hubble's 25th



This year marks 25 years since Hubble entered orbit, which means that we have had this orbiting telescope peering into the depths of space for the vast majority of my life. I spent my childhood with images of the Horsehead Nebula and the Pillars of Creation. I’ve day-dreamt about deep space mostly with the images provided by Hubble.

In honor of its 25th anniversary I thought it would be fun to manipulate several of its most famous images into something new for people to use on their computers, smartphones, or whatever, and release it in the public domain.

I ultimately settled on using images of the Tarantula Nebula, Orion Nebula, and the Carina Nebula. I feel like the resulting image (above) captures some of the awe which I’ve felt throughout my life as I learn more about our universe through the Hubble’s imagery. I call it Nebula 25M.


Original (10,000 x 10,000)


5120 x 2880* (iMac 5k)
2560 x 1440* (iMac 27”)
1920 x 1080* (iMac 21”)
2880 x 1800** (MacBook Pro 15”)
2560 x 1600** (MacBook Pro 13”)
1440 x 900** (MacBook Air 13”)
1366 x 768* (MacBook Air 11”)
2304 x 1440** (MacBook)

*16:9 aspect ratio
**16:10 aspect ratio


2524 x 2524 (Retina iPad/Mini)
1262 x 1262 (iPad/Mini)
2706 x 2706 (iPhone 6+)
1608 x 852 (iPhone 6)
1392 x 744 (iPhone 5/c/s)
1196 x 740 (iPhone 4/s)

If the iPhone/iPad sizes seem odd, that’s because I’ve padded them for the parallax effect on iOS 7+ according to this article by the makers of the awesome app Deko.

Also, I’m an Apple guy. They have a coherent line of products and listing the sizes for their products is far simpler than trying to accommodate the myriad screen sizes on Android, Windows, and Linux. If you didn’t see a wallpaper in a size that matches your device feel free to download the original and crop it to your needs.


This image is being released in the public domain. Do with it what you will. All I ask is that you use the links below to share this post on your social medias.


Prints and other merch available on Society6
If you would like to support further space nerdery, I have made Nebula 25M prints available on Society6. You can also buy it as a throw pillow, tote bag, shower curtain, duvet cover, or wall clock. These make great gifts for the space geek in your life.

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