A black hole? A galaxy? A cluster of stars? It’s up to you to find out where Hubble was when you were born!
April 24, 2020 marked 30 long years that the Hubble telescope has traveled the vastness of space, alone, to discover the mysteries of the universe. If the wandering satellite has made it possible to understand a little more about what surrounds us — mainly that the universe is constantly expanding — Hubble has also photographed every moment of its mad dash through the unknown. If the James Webb telescope satellite ends up taking over its job photograph the confines of the universe, the legacy left by Hubble is still immense.
To celebrate the 27,000-pound baby’s birthday, NASA has uploaded 366 photos of various events observed by Hubble. These photos, that date back through the last 30 years, can be timed precisely to your birthday. Just head to NASA.gov here to see how the stars were aligned on your special day!
The site is often under maintenance, a victim of its own success, but other options do exist! You can go to the official Hubble Gallery site , which has 87 pages of photos going back to August 13, 1990.
Or, you can head to NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site, which lists photos taken by all of the agency’s telescopes since June 16, 1995!
For example, on the day I was born, millions of miles away, the Sun was experiencing one of its biggest flares on record! Not bad, right?
Find yours on NASA’s website here.