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Hubble turns 29! Unlocking the great mysteries

Hubble is celebrating its 29th anniversary in space. It premiered the images of Southern Crab Nebula on this account. Here is a list of achievements of Hubble in the past year.

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29 years back NASA/ESA space telescope Hubble made it to the space to help humans unlock the greatest mysteries of the space.

Hubble has been serving humanity for the past 30 years. The observational data sent by Hubble is helping us understand the space better.

On account of its 29th bday, Hubble premiered the images of Southern Crab Nebula.

Formation of the Southern Crab Nebula (artist's impression)
The red giant is shedding its outer layers in the last phase of its life before it too lives out its final years as a white dwarf.

Here are a few achievements of Hubble in the past year

Solar System

  • Hubble showed the seasonal dynamics in the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune.

uranus

  • Hubble captured brilliant pictures of Saturn and Mars during the opposition phase.

 

Mars and Saturn
Source: Spacetelescope

Hubble captures brilliant pictures of Mars and Saturn

Exoplanets

  • Hubble spotted the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system, ‘Oumuamua’. This was captured by Hubble having an unexpected change in speed.

  • Hubble was successful in detecting helium for the first time in an exoplanet’s atmosphere.
  • By analyzing the data sent by Hubble, scientists found the first evidence for a possible moon outside our solar system.
  • Observations sent by Hubble conclude that Young Red Dwarf stars have more intense flares than the older ones. This makes it tough to identify planets around these kinds of stars. Because planets forming near the stars could be endangered by the superflares.

young red dwarf

Extra-Galactic

  • For the first time, Hubble premiered the ultra HD view of the Triangulum Galaxy. It is observed that star formation is 10 times more intense in Triangulum than the Andromeda galaxy.

The sharpest view ever of the Triangulum Galaxy

  • Hubble used light from orphaned stars to trace the distribution of dark matter.
  • Hubble studied merging of black holes art the centers of colliding galaxies.
Hubble and Keck observatories uncover black holes coalescing
These images reveal the final stage of a union between pairs of galactic nuclei in the messy cores of colliding galaxies.
  • Gaia and Hubble telescopes refined the Hubble constant, tracking the universe’s growth.

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