The Hubble Space Telescope is an incredible thing. Launched 30 years ago, it flies around the earth travelling at around 17,000 miles per hour snapping pictures deep into space. How deep? Well, at least 67 million light-years – or 393,867,900,000,000,000,000 miles. Yup, that’s a whole lot of zeros. But that’s how far away the NGC 2275 galaxy is from Earth. And the Hubble just shot and sent back its portrait.
Timelapse videos that capture long time periods take plenty of photos and time to make. But NASA took this to a whole new level. Using 425 million high-resolution images, NASA created a timelapse that shows an entire decade of our Sun’s life.
On 24 April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope started its journey, when the space shuttle Discovery and its five-astronaut crew took it from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was deployed into Earth orbit a day later and has been taking magnificent photos of space ever since. The photo Hubble took on its 30th birthday is nothing less impressive than others, and it shows the incredible beauty of starbirth.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have captured a photograph of the aurora australis shot from somewhere over the Indian Ocean, along with a train of 16 of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites – a handful of the almost-12,000 they expect to launch over the next few years.
The SpaceX Starlink network of satellites has been a somewhat controversial concept. Its goal is to create a global broadband internet system that allows everybody to have easy access to fast data. From a technological standpoint, it’s pretty amazing. But even if we ignore the tinfoil hat conspiracies, not everybody is pleased with the idea.
Astronomers have been worried about the effect of satellites, as heir increasing number in the orbit is posing a problem for night skies observation. We can’t do anything to remove them – but we can now help monitor the problem. With its new project Satellite Streak Watcher, NASA asks everyone to help to track the population growth of satellites over time. And all you need is a smartphone camera.
What do you think, will humans get to conquer Mars? For now it still falls within the scope of fiction, but the actual plans to get there have been real for decades. Well, if it ever happens – there’s a hole on Mars where humans could find shelter. And NASA has recently published an epic photo of it.
Norman Peay has always been fascinated by aviation. In this photo, he captured the launch of the Altas V rocket on February 10th, 2020. The launch was set to 11:30 PM from Kars Park, Merritt Island, Florida. Merritt Island offered a gorgeous, unobstructed south view of LaunchPad 41, approximately 10 miles in the distance. This launch should get the ESA’s Solar Orbiter (SolO) started, with an objective to perform close-up, high-resolution studies of the Sun and its inner heliosphere.
Norman gave us an insight into this shot and his passion for rocket photography.
I can’t remember if I’ve ever thought of a selfie: “Now, this is what I call an epic shot!” Well, two recent snaps from NASA astronaut Jessica Meir made me change my mind. She recently tweeted two spacewalk selfies from outside the International Space Station (ISS), and they are out of this world, both literally and figuratively.
What’s the first photo that comes to your mind when you think of Hubble Space Telescope? For me, it’s the Hubble Deep Field from 1995. Hubble has definitely given us some of the most iconic photos of space, and it continues to do so. As we are wrapping up 2019, it’s time to see some of the best images taken this year.