Hubble Telescope Photos

Written by Henry Young. Posted in Photos

In 1990, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope in space. The Hubble Space Telescope is a large telescope that has the weight of two grown up elephants. The telescope travels around the Earth at a speed of approximately 5 miles per second. Hubble is faced towards space and its role is to take photos of stars, galaxies and planets. Therefore, the Hubble Space Telescope has witnessed a lot of interesting events that usually occur in space, such as: births and deaths of stars, comet parts that crash into the atmosphere above Jupiter, etc.

With the help of Hubble Telescope photos, scientists have been able to learn many things about space; the pictures are a beautiful view for the eye, as well. The name of the telescope came from the astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, who made significant discoveries at the beginning of the 1900s and whose work led to the conclusion that the universe was getting bigger and bigger, as a consequence of a big explosion. The Hubble Space telescope sees space better than any telescope on Earth, because none of the light coming from space is blocked or changed by the atmosphere above Earth.

In one of the latest Hubble Telescope photos we can see clearly see two objects that shine brightly. The two were found for the first time in 1979 and they were thought to be two distinct objects. However, it was soon realized that these two are extremely similar: they are placed at the same distance from the Earth, they have amazingly similar features, and they are really close. Further findings on this subject revealed that the reason behind their high similarity is more than just an eerie coincidence; they are actually the same object. The spatial twins form a double quasar known as QSO 0957+561, which is also called the Twin Quasar. The phenomenon gravitation lens does not only permit us to observe objects that would be too far to be seen, it also allows us to see them twice.

One of the other new Hubble Telescope photos is the one below, in which we can observe a star in the midst of its formation within Chameleon cloud. The star discharges narrow gas streams form its poles, thus being able to create this unearthly object named HH 909A. These quick discharges interact with the surrounding gas, thus lighting up the area. When new stars are born they impatiently collect material from the space that surrounds them. A star like the one in this photo will continue to feed its immense hunger until it grows enormous enough to activate nuclear fusion reactions in its center, leading to the bright lighting up of the star.

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