These I obviously did not and could not take myself, but the new photos from Hubble are breathtaking.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and R. Gendler (for the Hubble Heritage Team)
I’ve long had an interest in astronomy, and following Hubble has been great fun over the years, particularly as I recall the excitement surrounding its launch in 1990. The telescope is named for brilliant astronomer Edwin Hubble, native of Route 66 town Marshfield, Missouri. The little town honours its most famous son with this in the town square with a replica of the telescope named for Hubble—not something one expects to see in Missouri! (The Hubble family moved to another Mother Road town, Chicago, around 1900, but Marshfield sees no reason to let that stop them, and I don’t blame them.)
A fan of Jules Verne who practiced law with his Oxford degree for a while (!), Hubble returned to astronomy after deciding law was not for him. Hubble theorized, then proved that space was continually expanding—a theory that prompted Albert Einstein, who’d pondered this possibility before and rejected it, to visit and thank Hubble for proving it. During his lifetime, Hubble pushed for a bigger and better telescope, resulting in the Mount Palomar ‘scope; it seems fitting that this orbiting telescope is named for the astronomer.
There’s an enormous, astounding, gobsmacking gallery of Hubble images at the Hubble Site. It’s quite easy to get lost in it!
And talk about an escape, yes?
Have a great Monday.