USA: Hubble celebrates its 30th anniversary with new images | International

December 15, 2020, 3:51 PM ISTSource: AP

One of NASA’s crowning glories, the Hubble Space Telescope, marks its 30th anniversary this year. With more than one million observations, including some of the most distant and ancient galaxies ever seen by humanity, no man-made satellite has touched as many minds or hearts as Hubble. NASA is releasing a collection of more than 50 newly processed images from its archives to celebrate and commemorate the space observatory. The new images feature 30 star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that can be seen from your backyard. Hubble has made more than 1.4 million observations and calculations over the past 30 years. The recently released images, which have so far not been processed and published by NASA, show objects in the Caldwell catalog, a collection of star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that can be seen by amateur astronomers in the northern and southern hemispheres. All these objects can be seen with a garden telescope, some even with binoculars or with the naked eye. “You have this amazing opportunity to see the whole universe change and evolve just by looking at things at different distances and seeing how they look at Hubble as something so far up to billions of years for light to reach us, and so on,” says the NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller. “So, there are so many things that Hubble can look at. And I’m just very happy that it’s still up and running.”