Shimmering like gems strewn across the sky, this cluster of stars is one of the largest of its kind. A spherical group of stars tightly bound together by gravity, this globular cluster is populated with 150,000 stars. Check out this @NASAHubble image: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2019/hubble-snares-bevy-of-shimmering-stars/
Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations just after noon EST today.
“Despite recent issues with one of its instruments, the Hubble Space Telescope is expected to last at least another five years. A new report suggests that the iconic spacecraft has a strong chance of enduring through the mid-2020s.”
Let’s hope so, because (1) we love Hubble, and it’s defined our perception of the universe for a generation, and (2) the James Webb Space Telescope doesn’t appear to be much closer to launching today than it was two years ago. It holds the promise of eclipsing Hubble in a real way, but we’ve got to get it up there first.
“Hubble takes gigantic image of the Triangulum Galaxy”: https://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1901.
“The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed image yet of a close neighbour of the Milky Way — the Triangulum Galaxy, a spiral galaxy located at a distance of only three million light-years. This panoramic survey of the third-largest galaxy in our Local Group of galaxies provides a mesmerising view of the 40 billion stars that make up one of the most distant objects visible to the naked eye.”
One of those 40 billion stars, of course, is host to the Kats’ homeworld, Katoikia :D.
28 years of showing us the universe. All the <3 for the Hubble Space Telescope!