The Hubble telescope has provided us some of the greatest images of the observable universe we've ever seen, but they're black and white as standard. So how do scientists know what color to make them?
As someone who has been fascinated by space from an early age, taking photos of it once I knew how came soon after. Unfortunately for me, I live in a highly light polluted area, and every time I visit the wilderness of other countries, I'm not lucky with the skies unfortunately. However, when I have taken images, they are in color as they're just very basic forms of astrophotography. However, with NASA's Hubble telescope, the images aren't in color. So how do scientist know the correct colors to apply?
This video at the top of this article explain the complicated process of identifying wavelengths and the chemicals that make up what constitutes the image. Enjoy this captivating breakdown of how NASA approach the colorization of Hubble black and white images, and to learn more on the Hubble telescope, click here.