Hubble Telescope gifts us a dazzling starry ‘snow globe’ just in time for the holidays

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, both in your neighborhood and deep in space. To celebrate the festive season, NASA has published this composite image, which resembles something of a wonderland of Christmas lights — or perhaps a colorful snow globe. 

The image’s subject is the billion-star-containing UGC 8091, an irregular dwarf galaxy located within the constellation Virgo, some 7 million light-years from Earth. To create the luminous, chromatic effect we see, scientists compiled data captured by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advance Camera for Surveys between 2006 and 2021.