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It is a special day today! 30 years ago, the 24th of April 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope was launched in space. The history of how Hubble came about can be find here
 
In occasion of Hubble’s 30th anniversary the European Space Agency (ESA) has prepared a series of event that can be followed online.

ESA explain us that: “Hubble has delved deeper into the early years of the Universe than was ever thought possible, played a critical part in the discovery that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating and probed the atmospheres of planets around distant stars. It has transformed the way the public sees the universe by presenting breathtaking and profound images of newborn stars to the oldest known galaxies.” An exceptional gallery of the top 100 images taken by Hubble of out universe can be found here

To celebrate these three decades of success in science, engineering and culture, ESA/Hubble has conducted a series of  initiatives to involve the public in the celebrations.

The first of these has been a social media competition that has explored hidden gems from the ESA/Hubble image archive. The most voted images have been collected into a calendar for the 2020. You can download the digital calendar file and read more about the content of the images in the calendar here

Today you can also participate to celebrate Hubble anniversary! Follow the instructions and post a pic of your Hubble birthday cake!

Finally we will all virtually gather online for a facebook watch party the 24th of April starting at 3:00 pm Central Europe time where we can all admire the special 30th anniversary image release, follow the hubblecasts featuring the key discovery made with Hubble, and follow other events across Europe. A collection of the events of the 24th of April can be found here

You can discover the image that has been selected to celebrate the Hubble’s 30th anniversary  on this page at  1:00 pm Central Europe Time the 24th of April!

To commemorate three decades of operations, the new anniversary image is one of the most photogenic examples of the many turbulent stellar nurseries the telescope has observed during its 30-year lifetime The portrait features the giant nebula (NGC 2014) and its neighbor (NGC 2020) are part of a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, approximately 163,000 light-years away The image is nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef,” because it resembles an undersea world

 

Hubble space Telescope Anniversary image
Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI

A higher resolution version of the image can be found here

We wish you all: Happy Hubble Anniversary day from the department of astronomy at Stockholm University