Sunday, April 24, 2011

21st Anniversary - Hubble Telescope

Sure, today is Easter, but it's also the 21st anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Telescope. Launched on April 24, 1990 on the shuttle Discovery's STS-31 mission, the Hubble telescope lets us gaze into space without that pesky atmosphere getting in the way. Over the last two decades Hubble has been instrumental in expanding our understanding of the size and scope of the universe, as well as dazzling us with sights like the one pictured above.

This photo depicts Arp 273, a pair of interacting galaxies. The top galaxy is UGC 1810 and the bottom is UGC 1813. The photograph was taken to commemorate Hubble's 21st Anniversary.

Read more here about the Hubble Telescope anniversary and view more pictures here.

And...if you've never seen Hubble's Ultra Deep Field photo, it's time you checked this out...

1 comment:

keyfolio expert keyboard said...

The scientific video you posted is rather impressive and the proof that we are incredibly tiny :) But, there is still hope to discover more and more in the road of science!