Saturday, April 24, 2010

Happy Anniversary Hubble!

A Mirror to the Past
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope whose operation has granted us a greater view of our own solar system and distant galaxies formed shortly after the birth of the Universe. Hubble has helped prove and advance different theories for astronomy and physics and has outlived its original projected life span, allowing us to glimpse and understand our place in the cosmos and the life and structure of the Universe. If you would like to learn more about this amazing telescope and see some of the images that it has provided, you can do so through books and websites.

Further Reading
The Universe in a Mirror : the Saga of the Hubble Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It by Robert Zimmerman

A Journey Through Time : Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope by Jay Barbree and Martin Caidin ; foreword by John H. Glenn, Jr.

Hubble : the Mirror on the Universe by Robin Kerrod

Close Encounters : Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope by Elaine Scott

Surf's Up

NASA's Hubble Site

Post by Ian Dunbar
Photo : Dust Band Around the Nucleus of "Black Eye Galaxy" M64
Credit : NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)