Hubble Celebrates 32 Years in Orbit

As you may have noticed over the years, we like to celebrate the anniversary of Hubble’s launch with a special image that showcases the orbiting observatory’s fantastic light-gathering abilities and tack-sharp views of the cosmos. This year, to mark 32 years in orbit, we pointed Hubble towards an obscure grouping of galaxies known as Hickson... Continue Reading →

Are Hubble Images Real? Part I: Image Artifacts

TLDR: Yes, Hubble images are real. This series of posts is dedicated to the scrutiny of Hubble imagery and a broader discussion of the veracity of astronomical imagery. In this post, we'll look at the distracting image artifacts that are removed when creating press imagery.

What’s Up with Jupiter and Saturn?

Jupiter and Saturn made a big splash last month due to the historic conjunction of our solar system’s two largest planets. From our vantage point here on Earth, looking out onto the flat plane of the sky, a conjunction occurs when two or more celestial bodies seem to slide right past each other in the... Continue Reading →

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