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 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.

Hubble celebrates its 30th anniversary with a tapestry of blazing starbirth
24 April 2020

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s iconic images and scientific breakthroughs have redefined our view of the Universe. To commemorate three decades of scientific discoveries, this image is one of the most photogenic examples of the many turbulent stellar nurseries the telescope has observed during its 30-year lifetime.

Hubble observes aftermath of massive collision [heic2006]
20 April 2020

What astronomers thought was a planet beyond our solar system, has now seemingly vanished from sight. Astronomers now suggest that a full-grown planet never existed in the first place.

Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-size black hole [heic2005]
31 March 2020

New data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have provided the strongest evidence yet for mid-sized black holes in the Universe. Hubble confirms that this "intermediate-mass" black hole dwells inside a dense star cluster.

Astronomers use slime mould to map the Universe's largest structures [heic2003]
10 March 2020

The behaviour of one of nature's humblest creatures and archival data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are helping astronomers probe the largest structures in the Universe.

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.

30-May-2020 00:17 UT

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Special Sites

ESA/Hubble Science Newsletter