Since it was launched on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has successfully made more than 1.3 million observations in outer space. It has observed the most distant stars and galaxies by taking pictures of them as it whirls around Earth at about 17,000 mph. The telescope is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble, and its creation and launch marked the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo’s telescope.
The Hubble Space Telescope has been working 24/7 for the past three decades. The data it captures has immensely helped our scientists and astronomers understand and see what happens in deep outer space such as the birth of stars, black holes, and tracing the growth of galaxies. You can pore over Hubble’s outstanding highlights here.
To celebrate the telescope’s 30th year, NASA lets everyone see what the Hubble Telescope captured on their birthday. If you click on this link and key in your birth month and day, it will show you a beautiful image of what happened in outer space on a specific year.
This is the search result for someone whose birthday falls on December 30. It shows Stephan’s Quintet captured by Hubble in 1998. To know more about the image, simply click “More info,” and to admire the image in full, click “See full image.”
Stephan’s Quintet in full.
What image comes up on your birthday?