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

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

One of NASA’s highlights, the Hubble Space Telescope, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With more than a million observations, including those of some of the most distant and ancient galaxies mankind has ever seen, no man-made satellite has touched as many thoughts or hearts as Hubble. NASA releases a collection of more than 50 reprocessed images from its archives to celebrate and commemorate the space observatory. The new images show 30 star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that can be seen from your garden. Hubble has made and counted more than 1.4 million observations over the past 30 years. The newly released images, which have not yet been processed and published by NASA, show objects in the Caldwell Catalog, a collection of star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies that can be viewed by amateur astronomers in the northern and southern hemispheres. All of these objects can be seen with a backyard telescope, some even with binoculars or with the naked eye. “You have the wonderful opportunity to see the whole universe changing and evolving, looking at things at different distances and seeing Hubble as something billions of years away for light to come to us, and so on.” says NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller. “So, there are so many things Hubble can see. And I’m just very excited that it’s still up there and still working.”