Hubble Space Telescope

The first of NASA's four Great Observatories. Astronauts aboard space shuttle Discovery deployed Hubble Space Telescope on April 25, 1990. It was the first big telescope designed to escape the blurring effects of Earth's atmosphere, allowing it to see the universe more clearly than any other telescope. Its observations showed that the universe is about 13.7 billion years old. They also provided some of the first evidence of "dark energy" -- a force that's causing the universe to expand faster as it ages. Several repair and refurbishing missions by shuttle astronauts have kept the telescope going and vastly improved its scientific capabilities. It is expected to continue operating until around 2015.

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Radio Programs

Quaoar Measuring a distance ice-ball Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Fixing Hubble Improving Hubble’s eyesight Thursday, December 5, 2013
Keeping Tabs Keeping an eye on a fuzzy foot Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Recalibrating Recalibrating a space telescope Tuesday, May 7, 2013
File Cabinet Leafing through a starry filing cabinet Monday, May 6, 2013
First Steps Angling in on the stars Wednesday, December 5, 2012
White-Dwarf Planets II Dead stars consume dead planets Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Fomalhaut The lonely “Autumn Star” Monday, September 17, 2012
Andromeda Starburst Brightening up a giant galaxy Thursday, September 13, 2012
Gamma Cephei IV Getting messy for science Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Gamma Cephei III Keeping a planet on the table Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Gamma Cephei II A gnat’s eyelash and a distant planet Monday, September 3, 2012
Sparkly Rings Bright rings for a distant planet Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Upsilon Andromedae An out-of-whack solar system Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Fomalhaut's Planet Taking a snapshot of a distant planet Sunday, October 25, 2009
Barnard's Star A star that could use a better agent Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Stellar Yardsticks Calibrating a cosmic yardstick Friday, March 27, 2009
On the Scales Some distant planets weigh in Thursday, March 26, 2009
Gamma Cephei Rolling with the planets Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Astrometry Measuring other solar systems Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Featured Images

Hubble Space Telescope view of M83 galaxy
Glowing Pinwheel Friday, January 10, 2014
RS Puppis, a supergiant star seen by Hubble Space Telescope
Dusty Skies Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope view of Comet ISON in October 2013
Getting Closer Friday, October 18, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope images of the Fomalhaut star system
Giant Planet of Mystery Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope view of planet Uranus
Blue-Green Giant Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Diagram shows Neptune and some of its moons, including one discovered in 2013
Second-Look Moon Monday, July 22, 2013
Artist's concept of a blue exoplanet
Blue-Hot Planet Saturday, July 13, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope view of Comet ISON, May 2013
Closing In Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope image of M101
Stellar Pinwheel Friday, May 31, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope, May 2009
Recalibrating Monday, May 6, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope image of Comet ISON, April 2013
Closing In Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Hubble view of Coma Cluster of galaxies
Crowning Glory Friday, April 19, 2013
The Antennae galaxies
Getting Together Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Close-up of the core of M31
M31 Blues Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope view of globular cluster M2
Stars Galore Sunday, January 6, 2013
Hubble image of an edge-on galaxy, ESO 318-13
All that Glitters Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Portion of Hubble Extreme Deep Field
Extreme Astronomy Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Hubble image of a pair of galaxies
Bright Companions Friday, September 7, 2012
Hubble Space Telescope view of M104, the Sombrero Galaxy
Galactic Hat Dance Monday, July 2, 2012
A flare on the surface of the star HD 189733 blasts away the atmosphere of an or
Zapped! Friday, June 29, 2012
Hubble Space Telescope view of galaxy ESO 243-49
Little Giant Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Star Stream Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Beams of light shine through the Egg Nebula
Stellar Headlights Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Double Suicide? Monday, April 9, 2012
Hubble Space Telescope view of Cat's Eye Nebula, a planetary nebula
Blowing Bubbles Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Hubble Space Telescope images of the aftermath of Supernova 1987A
Wave of Destruction Thursday, February 23, 2012
Hubble Space Telescope image of the aftermath of Supernova 1987A
Stellar Ghost Tuesday, February 21, 2012
M1, the Crab Nebula, in a Hubble Space Telescope image
Crab Nebula Friday, January 6, 2012
The Saturn Nebula, NGC 7009, as seen by Hubble Space Telescope
Saturn Simulacrum Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Necklace Nebula, the remains of a dying star in Sagittarius
Ring of Fire Monday, August 15, 2011
Hubble view of Hanny's Voorwerp and the galaxy IC 2497
In the Spotlight Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Visible and X-ray image of a supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Holiday Decoration Thursday, December 16, 2010
The aftermath of an asteroid impact in the southern hemisphere of Jupiter
Giant Scar Monday, September 20, 2010
Galactic Beauty Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Hot young stars carve beautiful shapes in surrounding clouds of gas and dust.
Stellar Sculptors Thursday, July 15, 2010
Rings and Moons
Rings and Moons Friday, June 4, 2010
Impact! Wednesday, February 3, 2010
High Lights Sunday, January 17, 2010
Festival of Stars Friday, December 18, 2009
Bursting with Starbirth Monday, November 9, 2009
Peeking at a Planet Sunday, October 25, 2009
Jovian Smash-up Monday, July 27, 2009
Last Glance Thursday, May 21, 2009
Good to Go Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Ready for an Upgrade Friday, May 15, 2009
Hubble Bound Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Galactic Turmoil Monday, March 23, 2009
Spotty Planet Sunday, March 15, 2009
Final Days Thursday, February 12, 2009
Busy Hub Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Dreamland Monday, August 18, 2008
Catty Star Thursday, July 31, 2008
Glob of Stars Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Galactic Giant Friday, May 9, 2008
Crowded Neighborhood Thursday, May 8, 2008
Sharper View Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Galaxies Galore Monday, May 5, 2008
Galactic Embrace Thursday, May 1, 2008
Beautiful Storms Friday, April 25, 2008
Grand Spiral Sunday, April 6, 2008
Galactic Glow Friday, February 8, 2008
Magnificent Mars Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Mingling Galaxies Thursday, November 15, 2007
Faint Rings Thursday, September 6, 2007
Beautiful in Death Thursday, August 23, 2007
Galactic Pinwheel Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Tearing Down a Nursery Thursday, April 26, 2007
Galactic Beauty Saturday, April 7, 2007
Big Blast, Big Universe Thursday, February 22, 2007
Blast from the Past Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Last Hurrah Saturday, February 17, 2007
Galactic Beauties Thursday, February 8, 2007
Clearing Out the Neighborhood Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Popping Off Friday, October 27, 2006
Collision Course? Monday, June 12, 2006
Poof! Friday, April 28, 2006
Dark Beauty Friday, April 7, 2006
North Stars Monday, March 27, 2006
Giant Discovery Monday, March 13, 2006
Tiny Planet, Tiny Moons Monday, February 27, 2006

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