Thirty-two years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was sent high above the atmosphere to help astronomers decipher many of the Universe’s wonders. Until now, the telescope operated by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) has done a pretty good job.
Along with its history, Hubble discovered the rate of expansion of the Universe, located many stars and galaxies, and so on. NASA is now celebrating its 32nd anniversary, and it showcases a few unforgettable images:
The ‘NASA Goddard’ YouTube channel wrote in the description of the video:
NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 32nd birthday with a stunning look at five galaxies, a close-knit collection called the Hickson Compact Group 40.
This amazing assembly includes a giant elliptical galaxy, glowing with blended light from billions of stars. Several spiral galaxies show prominent dusty lanes that outline their winding spiral arms, regions where star formation is active. We see one galaxy oriented edge-on, showing off its prominent dust along its flattened starry disk.
Last year in December, NASA released the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as a successor to the old Hubble. JWST aims to look deeper into the wonders of galaxies than ever before and reveal more about what they harbor. One of the goals is obviously to find life elsewhere in the Cosmos, as astronomers are confident that it has to be there somewhere.
Thomas Zurbuchen from the Science Mission Directorate of NASA stated as the space agency’s website quotes:
More than 20 years ago, the Webb team set out to build the most powerful telescope that anyone has ever put in space and came up with an audacious optical design to meet demanding science goals,
Today we can say that design is going to deliver.
Feel free to tell us if you have any favorite discoveries that the Hubble telescope made!