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 captures crisp new image of Jupiter and Europa [heic2017]
17 September 2020

This latest image of Jupiter, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope on 25 August 2020, was captured when the planet was 653 million kilometres from Earth.

New Hubble data suggests there is an ingredient missing from current dark matter theories [heic2016]
10 September 2020

Observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have found that something may be missing from the theories of how dark matter behaves.

Hubble snaps close-up of comet NEOWISE [heic2015]
21 August 2020

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured the closest images yet of the sky's latest visitor to make the headlines, comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, after it passed by the Sun. The new images of the comet were taken on 8 August and feature the visitor's coma, the fine shell that surrounds its nucleus, and its dusty output.

Hubble helps uncover the mystery of the dimming of Betelgeuse [heic2014]
13 August 2020

New observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope suggest that the unexpected dimming of the supergiant star Betelgeuse was most likely caused by an immense amount of hot material ejected into space, forming a dust cloud that blocked starlight coming from Betelgeuse's surface.

Hubble makes the first observation of a total lunar eclipse by a space telescope [heic2013]
6 August 2020

Taking advantage of a total lunar eclipse, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have detected ozone in Earth's atmosphere. This method serves as a proxy for how they will observe Earth-like planets around other stars in the search for life.

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-Sep-2020 02:11 UT

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Special Sites

ESA/Hubble Science Newsletter