You may have noticed by now that the internet is going a little galaxy-shaped, that’s because today we celebrate the 20th birthday of what is arguably the world’s most successful astronomical observatory; the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). I’m not going to give you very many details because I have a lot of studying to do, but I have found a handful of wonderful webpages which will give you a glimpse into the grand scale of our cosmos, and unveil its magnificent beauty.
Hubblesite is the official “home” of NASAs HST, check it out for up to date news, interactive galleries and many beautiful pictures.
If you feel like getting involved in citizen science, NASA and Galaxy Zoo have made 200 000 Hubble images available and you can help classify galaxies which have been photographed by the HST. Universe Today has a great article about this collaboration and they seem at least as excited about it as I am.
Did I mention that Hubble has given us a birthday present this year? It’s an incredibly detailed image of a particular star forming region in the Carina Nebula. This image is so rich in detail that it makes me feel as though I can reach out and swirl my fingers in the dust. Here is a sneak peak, I strongly recommend you click on the link above and have a look at the real deal!