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The Hubble Space Telescope

Updated on September 10, 2014

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!

IMAX: Hubble
IMAX: Hubble

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 2015 Deep Space Calendar by astara at Zazzle.com
HUBBLE 2015 Deep Space Calendar by astara at Zazzle.com | Source

Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time - by Edward Weiler

Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time
Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time

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.

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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

Beautiful Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300 - Digital Print
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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: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

[...] 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

Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope: Shuttle Atlantis - 2009
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

 

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      Tony Payne 

      5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Just came back for another look. It's amazing what we have discovered thanks to Hubble.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      The Hubble has gotten lots of attention, and I'm glad to see a very informative lens about it on Squidoo. - Blessed!

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      hilman48 

      5 years ago

      astronomy is a very mysterious thing, with a little imagination we will be taken to see how big the universe

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      sukkran trichy 

      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      it is my second visit. love your awesome, unique vid collection. wonderful presentation.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens with some excellent resource links too. Hubble is indeed an amazing achievement. Blessed by an angel.

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      DaveHiggsVis 

      7 years ago

      There are some gorgeous pictures on here. Thanks!

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      Lensrolled to my 'Our Solar System' quiz

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      ShamanicShift 

      7 years ago

      I'm circling back to SquidAngel bless this lens!

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      Positivevibestechnician 

      7 years ago

      love to look at these pictures really interesting lens

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      jodijoyous 

      7 years ago from New York

      Those pictures never cease to amaze me, no matter how often I see them. Blessed.

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      ZazzleEnchante 

      7 years ago

      Informative, interesting lens, with great pictures & videos. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Linda Pogue 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      Beautiful images! Thumbs up!

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      SgtSciFi 

      7 years ago

      Wow! What a Great Lens!

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      glenbrook 

      7 years ago

      Really well done lens on an interesting subject. I'm giving it a thumbs up, if Squidoo still had the lens rating system it would be 5 stars.

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      ShamanicShift 

      7 years ago

      Great collection of information & links, engagingly presented.

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      cyman 

      8 years ago

      Superb lens, congrats! It's already on my list of Favs :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Very informative. I saw the Hubble IMAX (2D) film recently in Victoria, BC. It was an awesome experience and the photography was brilliant. It is hard to believe there is so much out there that we don't know. Wonderful Presentation on your lens!

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      sukkran trichy 

      9 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wonderful presentation with important information. i love this lens. my 5*.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Excellent informative lens with lots of linkage goodness. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Very cool lens! I'll date myself here and say that I've always been awed by the Space Program and all that we've done through the decades. I was a little girl when the first astronaut orbited the earth and came back safely. It was so exciting! Sat in wonderment and awe when we went to the moon. Amazing what we've accomplished since those days.

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      CosmicCathedral1 

      10 years ago

      Thumbs up! I love the Hubble telescope images... so serene and heavenly...

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