How scientists colorize photos of space

Yes, that’s a black and white photo.

The Hubble Space Telescope only takes photos in black and white. To make those beautiful space photos you’ve probably seen, scientists add the color later using a technique first developed around the turn of the 20th century that imitates how our eyes naturally perceive color.

If you want to explore more Hubble photos, a lot of information came from this site:

And be sure to check out Kimberly Arcand and Travis Rector's book, "Coloring the Universe:" is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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