Hubble Telescope Gallery


The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space-based telescope that was launched in 1990. From its position 353 miles (569 km) above Earth’s surface, the HST has expanded our understanding of star birth, star death, and galaxy evolution, and has helped move black holes from theory to fact. In its first 15 years, the telescope recorded over 700,000 images. Analysed and colour enhanced these images provide a stunning insight into the workings of our universe. Some of these are on display at the Hubble Gallery

Hubble’s view is so spectacular because of its location above Earth’s atmosphere. Shifting pockets of air distort light from space — that’s why stars seem to twinkle when viewed from the ground. Furthermore, the atmosphere blocks some wavelengths of light partially or entirely, making space the only place where it is possible to get a truly clear and comprehensive view of the universe.

The BBC have put together an audio slideshow to celebrate Hubble’s first 20 years.

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~ by Alan Humphris on February 27, 2010.

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