HST is a space-based great observatory that observes at ultraviolet through near infrared wavelengths. High resolution imaging and wide-ranging spectroscopic capabilities enable forefront research across all domains of astrophysics. Time on HST is awarded through an open peer-reviewed competition.
The Hubble Space Telescope's launch in 1990 sped humanity to one of its greatest advances in that journey. Hubble is a telescope that orbits Earth. Its position above the atmosphere gives it a view of the universe that typically far surpasses that of ground-based telescopes.
More than 29 years since launch, the Hubble Space Telescope continues its role at the forefront of astronomy, ranging from our own Solar System to the high-redshift universe.
Through the middle of the next decade, HST will remain the only space-based telescope providing spectroscopy and high-resolution imaging at UV, optical, and near-infrared wavelengths. With the launch of JWST in 2021, the bold science questions pursued with HST will be bolstered by the complementary capabilities of the two observatories.
This movie of Hubble images captures an echo made with light—not sound. A light echo happens when light from an exploding star travels different distances to arrive at Earth. Some light from Supernova 2014J was delayed because it bounced off dust clouds: bit.ly/318m2Eq
From a distance you can see how the Antennae Galaxies get their name; up close, Hubble provides a stunningly detailed view of bright star formation regions born of the interaction between these two spiral giants. bit.ly/2VyoLFM#HubbleClassic#GorgeousGalaxies#NASA
#ICYMI: What can nearby red and brown dwarf stars tell us about the conditions required to host life? Watch as Dr. Serge Dieterich of @stsci breaks down the details: youtu.be/F06yutjApvo
Who can resist a name like “Double Bubble”? This peanut-shaped cocoon of dust surrounds a cluster of hot, young stars. It spans about 15 light-years across. Credit: bit.ly/32GoS4n
Why, hello, stellar neighbors! Nearby, small red dwarf stars are close, but faint. Learn how we study them, how they are classified—and if any could host life—by joining a talk TONIGHT at 8 p.m. EST with Dr. Serge Dieterich of @stsci: youtu.be/F06yutjApvo
Can hot, rocky worlds hold onto an atmosphere? New research suggests @NASAWebb could detect the presence of an atmosphere on a rocky exoplanet in a matter of hours. Learn how: bit.ly/35Ab0du
Giving thanks for the scientists, engineers, and astronauts who made the last Hubble Servicing Mission possible 10 years ago. Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 was installed and captured this stunning image of Stephan's Quintet of galaxies. bit.ly/2VAJLfg#TBT#Thanksgiving
In December, step out to spot a ragged spiral galaxy, an open star cluster, and an edge-on galaxy. You can catch the sparkling Geminid meteor shower mid-month. Watch “Tonight’s Sky” to learn about this month’s constellations: youtu.be/D30tdB32oe8
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