The Hubble Space Telescope has been a science juggernaut since it launched in 1990, but on the other hand, it’s given us an eye-opening (as well as mind- and heart-opening) window on the universe.
NASA is as yet busy celebrating the telescope’s life span, and the most recent round of confetti is 30 new picture increases covered by the Caldwell catalog. The catalog is a list of space objects that can be spotted by amateur astronomers.
The new pictures cover sparkling star bunches, ghostly nebulae and glorious galaxies.
“These images have been taken by Hubble throughout its career and used for scientific research or for engineering tests, but NASA had not fully processed the images for public release until now,” the space agency said in a statement on Friday.
The telescope is a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency.
There are 109 objects in the Caldwell catalog and Hubble has now gathered pictures of 87 of them.