Hubble Telescope celebrates 25 astonishing years

It is one of the most powerful and prolific science instruments ever built and today the Hubble space telescope is celebrating its 25th birthday. Sitting in its perch 350 miles above the earth… Hubble sees farther and sharper than any other telescope before giving us the most spectacular view of the galaxy humans have ever seen. Much of the knowledge we know today about our universe and even the planets in our own solar system is because of Hubble giving us insight into how the universe started… where it's going… and where we fit in. We have discovered the existence of black holes… nebulaes… dark matter… and millions of other solar systems. New insight into old concepts like gravity… the speeds of light and sound… and the truth about how infinitesimally small we really are.

 

Its mission now though is to discover life on other planets, something that just a few years ago… many scientists thought didn't exist… but now many speculate that it's not a question of if we find other life… but when… and many believe it could happen in our lifetime. This could once and for all prove we are not alone… and it all began with Hubble.

Originally commissioned to last just a decade or so, Hubble has now outlived its life by 2 and a half times… but NASA is expecting a few more years out of her since her last tune up and upgrade was a success back in 2009… this hopefully will give us time to indulge in a few more magnificent images from that final frontier.

 

XDF

Like photographers assembling a portfolio of best shots, astronomers have assembled a new, improved portrait of mankind's deepest-ever view of the universe. Called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, the photo was assembled by combining 10 years of Hubble photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The XDF contains about 5,500 galaxies.

 

If you are looking for more images of the Hubble, check out this website: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/archive/top100/


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