Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Hubble Space Telescope’s Finest Photos

This May, astronauts are scheduled to install the Hubble’s final upgrades, 19 years after it first captured images of the universe

By Joseph Caputo
Smithsonian.com, May 06, 2009



(Courtesy of NASA)


Light Echo - February 8, 2004

The light from a distant sun can take thousands of years to reach Earth. Looking at the night sky is like watching ghosts—some of the stars may have burnt out long ago. In 2004, Hubble captured a light burst from the star V838 Monocerotis, a red supergiant on the outer edge of our Milky Way. The light pulse, which illuminates the dust clouds surrounding the star, took place 20,000 years ago.

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