USA: Hubble celebrates its 30th anniversary with new images | International

December 15, 2020, 3:51 PM ISTSource: A?

One of NASA’s crowned glories, the Hubble Space Telescope, turns 30 this year. With a million observations, including those of some of the most distant and ancient galaxies ever seen by mankind, no man-made satellite has touched as many minds or hearts as Hubble. NASA is launching a collection of over 50 newly processed images from its archives to celebrate and commemorate the space observatory. The new images show clusters of 30 stars, nebulae and galaxies that can be seen from the backyard. Hubble has made more than 1.4 million observations and counts in the last 30 years. The recently released images, which had not been processed and released by NASA so far, show objects from the Caldwell catalog, a collection of groups of stars, nebulae and galaxies that can be viewed by amateur astronomers in the northern and southern hemispheres. All these objects can be seen with a telescope in the yard, some even with binoculars or with the naked eye. “You have this wonderful opportunity to see the entire universe changing and evolving just by looking at things at different distances and seeing Hubble as something that is billions of years away for light to reach us and so on,” says the astronomer. NASA Michelle Thaller. “So there are so many things that Hubble can look at. And I’m very excited that it’s still there and still working.”