Both winners from each category will be guests in today's #HubbleHangout
We will discuss their videos and show them live during the hangout. Hope to see you there!
For this special Friday #HubbleHangout , your trusty co-hosts , Dr. and will be discussing their favorite images, discoveries and accomplishments that have been made over the past quarter century with our grand telescope.
Also joining the team is 's Georgia Bladon who will be presenting the winners of the #OdeToHubble competition! Many fantastic entries were submitted and you can view the "Shortlist" here: http://www.spacetelescope.org/projects/Hubble25/odetohubble/
We're also looking to hear from you about YOUR favorite memories, images and breakthroughs from Hubble. Please search through our image gallery and News Center, and let us know in comments below or tweet at us with the hashtag #HubbleHangout
Hubble Gallery: http://hubblesite.org/gallery/
Hubble News Center: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/
Hubble 25th: http://hubble25th.org
We look forward to celebrating with you the amazing journey we've made together uncovering the mysteries of the Universe!
Winner in the over 25 Category of #OdeToHubble Video Contest - Desiré de Palacio:
Winner in the under 25 category - Halley Davies & Martin Hellmich
#Space #Astronomy #Hubble25 #Hubble #HST #ScienceFriday #ScienceEveryday #SciFri
The sparkling centerpiece of Hubble's silver anniversary fireworks is a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2, named for Swedish astronomer Bengt Westerlund, who discovered the grouping in the 1960s. The cluster resides in a raucous stellar breeding ground known as Gum 29, located 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina.
To capture this image, Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 pierced through the dusty veil shrouding the stellar nursery in near-infrared light, giving astronomers a clear view of the nebula and the dense concentration of stars in the central cluster. The cluster measures between 6 to 13 light-years across.
The giant star cluster is only about 2 million years old and contains some of our galaxy's hottest, brightest, and most massive stars. Some of its heftiest stars unleash torrents of ultraviolet light and hurricane-force winds of charged particles that etch at the enveloping hydrogen gas cloud.
The nebula reveals a fantasy landscape of pillars, ridges, and valleys. The pillars, composed of dense gas and thought to be incubators for new stars, are a few light-years tall and point to the central star cluster. Other dense regions surround the pillars, including reddish-brown filaments of gas and dust.
Our own Joel Green, an astronomer at the Institute is writing a short story set in the Beyond Earth Universe of Civilization.
Please check it out, new posts every week for he continuing saga.
It's also available on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/…/hubble-space-telesc…/id983709653…
HubbleSite.org is the online home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. HubbleSite is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, which conducts Hubble's science mission.
Nearly 400 years after Galileo first observed the heavens through a telescope, we continue to seek answers to age-old questions about the universe. And while the technology has evolved over the centuries, the inquiry remains essentially the same: What's out there, where did it come from, and what does it mean?
At the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), we're working hard to study and explain the once-unimaginable celestial phenomena now made visible by the Hubble Space Telescope's cutting-edge technology.
HubbleSite is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach.