Here’s a little something…
← This glorious image, as well as…
This one ↓
Are very real. Although they may seem like the sort of stuff your brain may concoct during dreams, these images were actually captured by this guy ↓
So, who was this Hubble person who was lucky enough to get a telescope named after him?
“Edwin Hubble was born on November 20, 1889. He graduated from the University of Chicago and served in WWI before settling down to lead research in the field of astrophysics at Mount Wilson Observatory in California. Hubble’s revolutionary work includes finding a constant relationship between galaxies’ red shift and distance, which helped to eventually prove that the universe is expanding. Additionally, a classification system that he created for galaxies has been used by other researchers for decades, now known as the Hubble sequence.”
Pulled from NASA’s website, facts about this amazingly impressive telescope:
- Hubble has made more than 1.3 million observations since its mission began in 1990.
- Astronomers using Hubble data have published more than 14,000 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built.
- Hubble does not travel to stars, planets or galaxies. It takes pictures of them as it whirls around Earth at about 17,000 mph.
- Hubble has traveled more than 4 billion miles along a circular low Earth orbit currently about 340 miles in altitude.
- Hubble has no thrusters. To change pointing angles, it uses Newton’s third law by spinning its wheels in the opposite direction. It turns at about the speed of a minute hand on a clock, taking 15 minutes to turn 90 degrees.
- Hubble has peered back into the very distant PAST, to locations more than 13.4 billion light years from Earth.
- Hubble weighed about 24,000 pounds at launch and currently weighs about 27,000 pounds following the final servicing mission in 2009 – on the order of two full-grown African elephants.
How rad is that?
Furthermore, as of June 2017, the Hubble telescope continued to amaze the scientific and general public as a whole by…
“A Hubble Space Telescope picture shows what’s known as an Einstein ring, when one galaxy bends and magnifies the light from a more distant one, as predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Astronomers have now used Hubble to see light from one star being bent by another in an experiment the famed physicist himself thought would be impossible to perform.”