Choosing just ten things for this article was, as usual, tough. I can think of lots more things to add: JWST won’t replace Hubble, it succeeds it; Hubble isn’t really a telescope, it’s a whole observatory; it has flown the finest UV camera ever built, which was so sensitive that a massive and hot O-type star in the Andromeda Galaxy could have damaged it (and once I nearly blew it up); when there is a strong meteor shower, they point HST in the opposite direction.
There are tons of things about Hubble that I’m sure I don’t know either; I worked on it for a decade, but in fact I haven’t worked on it for nearly a decade since. It’s a complicated and beautiful machine, and it changed the way we look at the Universe, maybe forever. It certainly changed the way scientists do astronomy… and I know that the best thing it did, the best thing it could do, was to let people see just how phenomenally gorgeous our Universe is.
And for that, I’m very grateful. And that’s one thing I do know.
Hubble and Earth: NASA
Deep Image and Andromeda: NASA, ESA, and T. M. Brown (STScI)
Moon: John Caldwell (York University, Ontario), Alex Storrs (STScI), and NASA
Streak Flat: Courtesy Mark Clampin, NASA
Sun: Glenn Schenider
Apollo and Hubble: NASA, mad PS skillz by the author
Venus: L. Esposito (University of Colorado, Boulder), and NASA
Nebula: Phil Plait (hey, that’s me!)
FOS: both by Phil Plait
Hubble, Earth, and the Moon: NASA
Links to this Post
- Happy Birthday Hubble! at Asymptotia | April 24, 2012
- 22nd Aniversary of Hubble Deployment | ALuRic.net | April 25, 2012
- This Day In History For April 25, Hubble, W-2 and More | Wis U.P. North | April 25, 2012
- Hubble Spies Brilliant Beacons From a Dying Star: Big Pic – Discovery News | Danta Report | April 26, 2012
- Friday Links | April 26, 2012
- An Orion Sunset | David Reneke | Space and Astronomy News | April 27, 2012
- The Week in Review « Tor/Forge's Blog | April 27, 2012
- Astronomy News Round-up « Space « Science Today: Beyond the Headlines | April 27, 2012