Fact Sheet

The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint ESA/NASA project and was launched in 1990 by the Space Shuttle mission STS-31 into a low-Earth orbit 600 km above the ground. During its lifetime Hubble has become one of the most important science projects ever.

News

News

Hubble watches the "flapping" of cosmic bat shadow [heic2012]
25 June 2020

The young star HBC 672 is known by its nickname of Bat Shadow because of its wing-like shadow feature. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has now observed a curious "flapping" motion in the shadow of the star's disc for the first time.

Stunning new Hubble images reveal stars gone haywire [heic2011]
18 June 2020

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope demonstrates its full range of imaging capabilities with two new images of planetary nebulae. The images depict two nearby young planetary nebulae, NGC 6302, dubbed the Butterfly Nebula, and NGC 7027.

Hubble makes surprising find in the early Universe [heic2010]
3 June 2020

New results from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope suggest the formation of the first stars and galaxies in the early Universe took place sooner than previously thought.

Hubble finds that "distance" from the brightest stars is key to preserving primordial discs [heic2009]
28 May 2020

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was used to conduct a three-year study of the crowded, massive and young star cluster Westerlund 2. This is the first time that astronomers have analysed an extremely dense star cluster to study which environments are favourable to planet formation.

Hubble captures breakup of Comet ATLAS [heic2008]
28 April 2020

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has provided astronomers with the sharpest view yet of the breakup of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS). The telescope resolved roughly 30 fragments of the fragile comet on 20 April and 25 pieces on 23 April.

Announcements

Announcements

Announcing the Hubble Space Telescope Hidden Gems
2 January 2020

In April 2020, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope will celebrate 30 years since its launch. ESA/Hubble has produced a commemorative calendar of the telescope's Hidden Gems that is now available for everyone to use and enjoy.

9-Aug-2020 03:10 UT

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