NASA website allows you to enter any date of your choice and returns a photo taken by the Hubble telescope on that date
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Hubble telescope you are observing some of the most beautiful and interesting pieces of our universe and, if you are a lover of this type of content, you will surely like the novelty prepared by NASA: now you can know what was the image observed by the telescope on your birthday!
The idea is part of the celebration of 30 years of Hubble, which was launched by NASA on April 24, 1990. To celebrate the date, the American space agency created a website where it is possible to put any date (such as today, or your birthday) and then receive the result of something photo taken by the telescope on this date.
On the website prepared by NASA, it is not possible to select the year (only the date and month), so the returned image will be the most interesting taken on this date configured during the thirty years that Hubble was in orbit, always accompanied by a short text explaining what that image means.
For example, the image of when this story was written (March 31) was obtained by the telescope in 1997, showing two galaxies interacting in the constellation of Dorado, which is 350 million light-years from Earth.
In addition, these images can be easily shared, and as expected they are successful on social networks, and can easily be found by # Hubble30.
The importance of Hubble
Since it was launched on April 24, 1990, the telescope has played an important role in the astronomical studies of researchers and scientists around the world. This is because, when obtaining its images from outside the Earth, Hubble does not suffer from the distortion that the atmosphere of the planet prevents to the rays of light that pass through it, thus allowing the images collected by it to be more consistent and with better precision of details. than those obtained by ground-based observatories.
According to NASA data, the data obtained by Hubble served as the basis for more than 16 thousand scientific publications from the most diverse areas, and among the most important discoveries made with the aid of the telescope are the possibility of calculating the growth of galaxies, the recognition of worlds beyond our solar system, and the possibility of observing the influence of dark matter on celestial bodies.
Thus, the Hubble 30th anniversary celebration is not just a celebration of the three decades since we managed to put a telescope in orbit, but of the three decades in which we are finally being able to study the universe beyond the observation barriers of our planet.
Source: NASA (1) (2).