Thursday, 21 April 2011

Happy Birthday Hubble!

The Hubble Space Telescope has been on its extended sightseeing tour now for 21 years. It has, in the words of Nasa Administrator Charles Bolden, "profoundly changed our view of the universe, allowing us to see deep into the past while opening our eyes to the majesty and wonders around us". To celbrate its 21st birthday, Nasa turned Hubble to view this stunning pair of galaxies, 300 million light years away. The large spiral galaxy above is being distorted by the tidal pull of the galaxy below. But never mind the science - Nasa thought it made a beautiful rose shape, suitable for a birthday gift. Happy birthday Hubble!

5 comments:

Selma said...

When you think about it, it's an incredible privilege to be able to see the images via the Hubble Telescope. I still am awestruck by so many of the images I've seen. Absolutely amazing technology!!

Shane K. said...

Surely our greatest achievement in space exploration.

Isn't it interesting that an astrophysist will be able to tell you more about these two galaxies in the picture than a marine biologist would be able to tell you about the Marianas Trench?

Daddy Papersurfer said...

That looks a bit like a demonic sperm - not that I've ever seen a real one of course ....

Puddock said...

Shane - you are so right. The things they are discovering in the deep oceans seem to keep on rewriting biology, as we discover creatures that can live in more and more extreme conditions.

Puddock said...

Daddy P - where's your sense of beauty? Hmmm - super giant demonic sperm in space...I am tempted to make some ribald comment about the Big Bang...