It’s been 30 years since the Hubble Space Telescope, a true technological feat at the time has been scrutinizing our solar system and the far reaches of the universe that surround it. Throughout this period, the data it collected has greatly revolutionized humanity’s knowledge of the Universe, the field of astrophysics, and also our vision of space!
Hubble has allowed researchers to discover the processes of star formation and understand their evolution until their death, which sometimes occurs with spectacular explosions called supernovas!
The most memorable observations of the Hubble Space Telescope
Thus, in its very first photographs, the telescope offered researchers a fresh look at the remains of one of the most spectacular and unexpected astronomical events of the last century, the great supernova of 1987. Thanks to its photographs, we were able to date the ejection of the materials that make up the three rings of gas that surround it: they come from a red supergiant star that existed about 20,000 years before the explosion.
Another memorable shot, that of NGC 6543, its more poetic name “Cat’s Eye Nebula”, one of the first planetary nebulae ever discovered (1786), and also one of the most complex ever observed.
NASA and the ESA explained, Hubble does not seem inexhaustible to be a conversation. Stunning heavenly photos provide a visual abbreviation for exemplary scientific achievements. Unlike other telescopes before it, Hubble has made astronomy relevant, compelling, and accessible to people of all ages.
This mission has resulted in up to 1.4 million observations. Providing data that astronomers use around the world to write more than 17 thousand scientific publications. Make it one of the most productive observatory halls in history, their light. Its rich data archive sparked future astronomical research for generations to come.
This year, to mark the 30th anniversary of Outer Space, Hubble celebrates with a portrait of two nebulae that reveals how energetic, massive stars sculpt their homes from gas and dust.
The image shows NGC 2014 and NGC 2020, each of the orange and Red Nebula and the dark Blue Nebula, which appear to sit side by side. However, as NASA and ESA explain, they are actually part of a complex of giant star formation.
James Webb telescope
NASA had hoped for a launch in March 2021, but the schedule is likely to be disrupted.