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April 27, 2015 AT 9:00 am

25 Years of Cosmic Treasures: Hubble’s 12½ Greatest Hits

Hubble25 v838mon jpg CROP original original

Slate’s Phil Plait posted a wonderful piece that reviews the best images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope over the last 25 years.

On April 25, 1990, the world—the Universe—changed.

That was the day the crew of STS-31 deployed the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. This magnificent observatory has a special place in my heart. When it launched I was in graduate school in astronomy, and had just received my master’s degree. I was looking for Ph.D. research, and my adviser mentioned he was on a project to use Hubble to observe exploding stars … and now, 25 years later this week, Hubble is still going strong, doing astronomy.

And in my way, I am too.

I worked on Hubble one way or another for a decade, including being on a team that built one of the cameras that was installed on Hubble in 1997. I’ve written so much about Hubble over the past 2½ decades I don’t think there’s much more I can say about it. At the bottom of this post there are links to some of my favorite articles.

But I can still show you pictures.

Hubble25 crab jpg CROP original original

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