And the winner, with over 17,000 votes is ... Eagle Nebula Pillars!
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured many amazing images during its 25 years in orbit. In celebration of the telescope’s 25th anniversary, we pitted 32 of these images against each other in a series of head-to-head competitions. Popular votes decided the winner of each matchup. Ultimately, the Eagle Nebula Pillars triumphed over all other competitors to become champion of Hubble Mania 2015.
These pillars of cold hydrogen gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, 6,500 light years away, are the birthplace of new stars. The pillars are bathed in the blistering ultraviolet light from a grouping of young, massive stars located off the top of the image. Streamers of gas can be seen bleeding off the pillars as the intense radiation heats and evaporates it into space. Denser regions of the pillars are shadowing material beneath them from the powerful radiation.
You’ve voted your Hubble Mania favorites through the ranks — now here’s something for your dedication. Enjoy and share these downloadable and printable items to celebrate the winners.
Get your downloads at the links below. Thanks for voting!
Championship Winner Event Poster
The people have spoken: Thanks to your votes, the winner of the 2015 Hubble Mania tournament is the Eagle Nebula!
Please enjoy these printable posters that commemorate the event. They can be printed on your printer at home or at any photo-printing service, just choose the size you want.
Hubble Mania Space Ball Papercraft
This papercraft model displays all of the images from the 2015 Hubble Mania Tournament — one on each of its 32 sides. It includes a base for the ball to sit on.
To build this model, print out one of the files linked below on either paper or lightweight cardstock, cut and fold it, and then tape or glue it together.
The 8.5"x11" printout makes a ball approximately 3" wide.
The 11"x17" printout makes a ball approximately 4" wide.
More downloads at HubbleSite.org
In addition to the Hubble Mania downloads, we've also added all of our Quarterfinalists to the our collections in the HubbleSite Gallery.
Follow the links below to download new print-ready images and computer wallpaper of not just the Eagle Nebula, but also V838 Monocerotis, the Monkey Head Nebula, and Interacting Galaxies Arp 273 — as well as many other iconic Hubble images.
Interactive Hubble Mania 2015 Bracket
This printable bracket is also an interactive PDF with links to all the images that competed in the tournament. It's a 2-page document that prints on US letter-size paper, 8.5"x11".