30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

Today, the famous Hubble telescope turns 30 years old! For three decades in a row, it has regularly supplied astronomers with data about what the depths of distant space are like. The device was first launched at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in 1990, and a month later gave the world its first photo. By modern standards, the monochrome image of the star cluster NGC 3532 seems unremarkable, but for its time it was a real breakthrough.

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Since then, the astronauts have updated the telescope five times, improving its optics. Hubble is able to detect certain cosmic bodies in the visible, ultraviolet and infrared spectrum. During his life, he took more than 1,300,000 images, which became the basis for more than 17,000 scientific papers. For example, the data obtained with the help of Hubble became the basis for mapping black matter, exploring black holes, and even preparing the new Horizons spacecraft for a flight to Pluto in 2015.

Here is a selection of the most amazing and stunning images obtained during the work of scientists with the telescope:

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

Pillars of Creation-gas turbulence in the Eagle Nebula

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

Newborn stars in the center of the APE Head nebula Shine through clouds of dust

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

A hexagonal vortex at the North pole of Saturn

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

The young star cluster Westerlund 2 is about 2 million years old — it has about 3,000 stars

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

Spiral galaxy M51 accompanied by a small galaxy NGC 5195.

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

The giant star Herschel 36 in the Lagoon Nebula shines through clusters of gas and dust

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

The star V838 Monocerotis illuminates the surrounding dust in the constellation of Monomers 20,000 light-years from Earth

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

The great Red Spot on Jupiter

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

Merging of two spiral galaxies

30 years of the Hubble telescope: stunning images of deep space

Cat's eye nebula, formally known as NGC 6543