Fields of View

When I worked on the Hubble Space Telescope mission, I made a lot of images from Hubble data that revealed amazing landscapes of space. You can see these images at HubbleSite. Aside from the remarkable colors, resolution and sharpness of the images, one of their other defining characteristics was how small a piece of the... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: A New Take on a Comet’s Impact for Hubble’s 30th

Judy Schmidt is an amateur astronomer and tireless image processor of the Hubble archive. This post details her recent work on the impact of Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter for the BBC/Discovery Science Channel's documentary Hubble: Thirty Years of Discovery. Last September I found myself facing an unusual request. I'd just gotten off the phone with... Continue Reading →

Surfing the Cosmic Reef

This blog post is one in a series marking the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. For more information and resources regarding Hubble’s 30th anniversary, please visit hubblesite. Thirty years is a long time. In fact, thirty years is roughly the span of a generation. Thus, it is no exaggeration to say that an... Continue Reading →

Hubble Gives Us a Front Row Seat to the Universe

This blog post is one in a series marking the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. For more information and resources regarding Hubble’s 30th anniversary, please visit hubblesite. This particular post by Ray Villard also relates to a series of articles available here. Since its launch in April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has... Continue Reading →

A Saturn Yearbook

Saturn plays an inspirational role in astronomy. The simple shape of a sphere with rings around it is the quintessential drawing of a planet. The experience of viewing Saturn and its rings through a telescope for the first time is often an awe-inducing revelation. The magnificent ring system has an allure and a grandeur that... Continue Reading →

Hubble Heritage Archive: Sombrero Galaxy

The text and images in this article were originally published on October 2, 2003, and reflect information about M104 available at that time. HUBBLE MOSAIC OF THE MAJESTIC SOMBRERO GALAXY NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has trained its razor-sharp eye on one of the universe's most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy, Messier 104 (M104).... Continue Reading →

Hubble Heritage Archive: Hoag’s Object

The text and images in this article were originally published on September 5, 2002, and reflect information about Hoag's Object available at that time. HOAG'S OBJECT: A WHEEL WITHIN A WHEEL A nearly perfect ring of hot, blue stars pinwheels about the yellow nucleus of an unusual galaxy known as Hoag's Object. This image from NASA's... Continue Reading →

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