Here Are 15 Breathtaking Images Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope

Words can't describe the beauty of the universe.

The Hubble Space Telescope, or Hubble, is a telescope that orbits outside the atmosphere, in a circular orbit around the planet Earth at 593 kilometers above sea level, with an orbital period between 96 and 97 minutes.

The Hubble Space Telescope orbits the planet at an average speed of 28,000 km / h.

Baptized in honor of the astronomer Edwin Hubble, it was placed in orbit on March 10, 1990, in the STS-31 mission as a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency, inaugurating the Great Observatories program.

The Hubble Space Telescope in orbit as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis, flying Servicing Mission 4 (STS-125), the fifth and final Hubble mission. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
The Hubble Space Telescope in orbit as seen from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis, flying Servicing Mission 4 (STS-125), the fifth and final Hubble mission. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile and is well known as a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy.

The history of the Hubble Space Telescope can be traced back as far as 1946, to the astronomer Lyman Spitzer’s paper “Astronomical advantages of an extraterrestrial observatory.”

Hubble can obtain images with an optical resolution greater than 0.04 seconds of arc.

NASA chart depicting evolution of detecting the early universe, from ground-based space telescopes to HST and the future JWST. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
NASA chart depicting the evolution of detecting the early universe, from ground-based space telescopes to HST and the future JWST. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope observations, scientists from nearly 50 different countries have published a plethora of discoveries in around 4,800 scientific studies.

Hubble has served as an astronomical tool of unprecedented importance.

Evidence of that is a discovery made On March 3, 2016, when researchers using Hubble data announced the discovery of the farthest known galaxy to date: GN-z11.

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This is perhaps one of the most iconic images captured b the Hubble Space Telescope:

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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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