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NASA celebrates Hubble Telescope’s 30th anniversary with new images2 min read

December 22, 2020 2 min read

NASA celebrates Hubble Telescope’s 30th anniversary with new images2 min read

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On the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope, NASA released dozens of images of never-before-seen star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae. The most amazing part of this reveal is that these are actually visible to anyone using backyard telescopes or even just a good pair of binoculars!

These images were captured by Hubble over the past years that it has spent helping scientists know more about space, look at details and histories of galaxies and even discover black holes in galactic centres.

The Caldwell 29, also known as NGC 5005, is a spiral galaxy that likely harbors a supermassive black hole at its heart. Photo: NASA

Owliver’s Obscure Observation: The Hubble Telescope entered into orbit on April 24, 1990 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. The next day, astronauts released the telescope into space to begin its journey.

These celestial objects that were captured by Hubble can be found in what amateur astronomers have come to call Caldwell Catalog. This is a collection of stars and other celestial objects that was compiled by British astronomer and science communicator Sir Patrick Caldwell-Moore and published in the Sky & Telescope magazine in 1995. It highlights 109 galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae that are split between northern and Southern hemisphere skies.

Caldwell 63 is commonly called the Helix Nebula and is right in our cosmic neighbourhood. Photo: NASA

Count with Owliver: The telescope orbits around the globe every 90 minutes. How many orbits does it make in a day? And in a year? Calculate and let us know in the comments below!

The images were clicked over many years but NAS had not processed them until recently.

To view all of Hubble’s new images, go here.

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