The Hubble Space Telescope
Bringing the Earth's solar system into focus
24 April 2010 marked the twentieth anniversary of the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope.
To mark the occasion NASA published another extraordinary image of a "Mystic Mountain" in the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina.
The anniversary was also celebrated by the release of a stunning Hubble 3D IMAX film with narration by Leonardo DiCaprio.
With the help of the final servicing mission for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in May 2009, this amazing instrument which has promoted worldwide interest in astronomy through the astounding images it has brought us, should continue to function until at least 2014. It could re-enter the world's orbit any time up until 2032...marking the end of an era.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)
Hubble - The 3D Movie! - Narration by Leonardo DiCaprio
Imax: Hubble - Available NOW on DVD & Blu-Ray!
In May 2009, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope, the world’s first space-based optical telescope. An IMAX camera captured stunning footage of the five intricate spacewalks required, as well as close-up images of the effort to grasp the orbiting telescope with the shuttle’s mechanical arm at 17,000 MPH – and an unexpected problem that could sabotage the entire mission. Hubble combines this breathtaking material with images taken during the 20 years it has been our window into space. Through advanced computer visualization, Hubble’s detailed data becomes a series of scientifically realistic flights that unfold on screen like a guided tour of the universe, through time and space.
HUBBLE 2015 Deep Space Calendar - 12 stunning images for every month of the year!
Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time - by Edward Weiler
NASA's first book on the Hubble Space Telescope marks the 20th anniversary of one of history's most important scientific tools. Here is Hubble's great visual legacy to humanity in stunning images that are benchmarks of astronomy and photography. Of the more than 100 classic Hubble images that were selected by NASA's experts, the 20 most significant are accompanied by commentaries by notable scientists. Veteran astronauts from NASA's five remarkable manned missions to maintain the telescope also contribute to this volume, making it an authoritative account of a magnificent scientific achievement.
New Hubble Maps of Pluto Show Surface Changes - Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Buie (Southwest Research Institute). Photo No. STScI-PR10-06a
This is the most detailed view to date of the entire surface of the dwarf planet Pluto, as constructed from multiple NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken from 2002 to 2003. The center disk (180 degrees) has a mysterious bright spot that is unusually rich in carbon monoxide frost. Pluto is so small and distant that the task of resolving the surface is as challenging as trying to see the markings on a soccer ball 40 miles away.
Meade Astro Telescope with Tripod & Autostar Controller - Get closer to the stars from your own back yard!
Sky & Telescope Magazine calls the Autostar Hand Controller "the greatest happening in amateur astronomy yet."
Explore the Galaxies far away with this fantastically priced, all-inclusive telescope.
Now even the most novice of amateur astronomers can locate and explore the planets, asteroids, and comets, as well as nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and hundreds of other deep-space objects, all at the push of a button with the included Autostar Hand Controller. The Meade ETX-80AT Astro Telescope brings the full range of celestial images to your eye with an astonishing level of clarity and resolution. And, carrying on Meade's incredible ETX tradition of optical and mechanical excellence, the 70mm ETX includes many of the same features as their larger ETX telescopes, and is 36 percent brighter than the ETX-60AT.
For the introductory student of astronomy, or for the casual observer, the Meade ETX-80AT opens up the skies at modest cost to an amazing breadth of celestial detail utterly invisible without the telescope.
Beautiful Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300 - Digital Print
Digitally Printed on Archival Photographic Paper resulting in vivid, pure color and exceptional detail that is suitable for museum or gallery display.
Saturn's stunning double show
In January and March 2009, Hubble took advantage of a rare opportunity to record Saturn when its rings are edge-on, resulting in a unique movie featuring both of the giant planet's poles. Saturn is only in this position every 15 years and this favourable orientation has allowed a sustained study of Saturn's almost symmetric northern and southern lights. At the same time Saturn was approaching its equinox so both poles were equally illuminated by the Sun's rays.
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe - by Terence Dickinson
[...] Nightwatch continues its tradition of being the best handbook for the beginning astronomer. Terence Dickinson covers all the problems beginners face, starting with the fact that the night sky does not look the way a modern city-dweller expects. He discusses light pollution, how to choose binoculars and telescopes, how to pronounce the names of stars and constellations, telescope mounts, averted vision, and why the harvest moon looks especially bright. Most of the lovely photographs in the book were taken by amateurs, which gives the section on astrophotography a particularly inspirational gleam.
Dickinson's star charts are very handy, each covering a reasonable field of view and mapping the most interesting amateur objects. He gives good advice for planet watching, which he notes "is one of the few astronomical activities that can be conducted almost as well from the city as from dark rural locations."
STS-125 Hubble Grappling
The Hubble Space Telescope was captured by space shuttle Atlantis' robotic arm.
Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope: Shuttle Atlantis - 2009
As with every other Specialty Press title I've read, this book is a treasure trove of information. If you have any interest at all in the subject matter it is well worth picking up. Highly recommended.
Starship Modeler, reviewed by John Lester, October 2009
It is a great reference source for not only the final servicing mission, but for the whole Hubble program up to this point and I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in space subjects.
IPMS, reviewed by Ben Guenther, December 2009
Specialty Press is known for high quality books and this one certainly follows in that mold. The attention to detail and quality research along with the typical superlative images makes for a book that I can quite easily recommend to you. Highly recommended.
Modeling Madness, reviewed by Scott Van Aken, October 2009
The Telescope Link Resource
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- HubbleSite - Servicing Mission 4
Learn why the mission is happening, how we've prepared, and how it's being done. Interactives and videos give you mission information in detail.
- Hubble Telescope crew touch back down to Earth - after stormy landing | Mail Online
The space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts have returned safely to Earth - despite having to make a detour from Florida to California due to bad weather.
- An Even Better Hubble
With the fifth and possibly last servicing mission, NASA has made the Hubble Space Telescope potentially better than ever.
- Servicing Mission 4 - What's Next for Hubble?
Servicing Mission 4: What's Next for Hubble?
- NOVA | Hubble's Amazing Rescue | PBS
Visit the companion website to the NOVA program Hubble's Amazing Rescue, follow the Hubble Repair, ask astronauts John Grunsfeld and Mike Massimino answer questions about their highly risky 2009 mission, and more.
- Hubble 3D IMAX film set to debut March 19
Leonardo DiCaprio will narrate the Hubble 3D film, Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Corp. announced Wednesday.
- Apple - Movie Trailers - Hubble 3D
Apple - Movie Trailers - Hubble 3D
- Some people have God. I have Hubble
For 20 years, the space telescope has been sending us images of breathtaking beauty
- Hubble Space Telescope captures birth of a new star - Telegraph
Dramatic images of a new star being created has been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
- Hubble: Why the world-famous telescope will go out in a blaze of glory - Books, Life & Style - B
In years from now, when the fiery carcass of the Hubble Space Telescope streaks across the sky and falls to Earth as lumps of molten metal, there won't be a dry telescope eyepiece on the planet. The passing will be marked by astronomers with the k
- The Hubble Space Telescope: the big picture - Telegraph
For 20 years the Hubble Space Telescope has shown us amazing images like these. Giles Sparrow, author of Hubble: Window on the Universe, explains why it's a modern marvel.
Hubble 3D for IMAX film reviews - What did the critics think?
- Hubble 3D for IMAX, 3 stars (out of 4) - chicagotribune.com
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch, along comes 'Hubble 3D' for IMAX, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, but starring the STS-125 mission crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, who risk their lives to prolong the us
- Critic Review for Hubble 3D on washingtonpost.com
The daring mission by astronauts to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope in May 2009 is the perfect subject for a brilliant, thrilling 3-D Imax movie. Such a movie, alas, has yet to be made.
- Hubble 3D Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes
Hubble 3D movie reviews, trailers - Check out Rotten Tomatoes Hubble 3D clips, pictures, critic and user reviews, forums and the Tomatometer!
- Review: Hubble 3D Takes You on Beautiful, Brief Space Journey | Underwire | Wired.com
The premise of Imax: Hubble 3D is simple: Make home movies in space. And what beautiful movies they are. The stunning space vistas and intimate moments
- Review: "Hubble 3D" shows the dazzle in deep space | StarTribune.com
How cool is the image quality for the new Imax spectacular, 'Hubble'? So vivid that you'd swear you could reach out and rub your fingers over the space telescope's rivets
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The scientists calculated that the collision occurred about Feb. 10, 2009. The discovery of the relatively recent event is a rare treat for astronomers, who study events from eons ago.