The Google Doodle featured the 20th anniversary of the launching of the space telescope named “Hubble Telescope” which was carried into orbit in April 23, 1990 and was named after American astronomer Edwin Hubble.
Accordingly, Hubble Telescope was one of the most vital tool of NASA to observe the space and to pursue further studies in astronomy. What’s make Hubble amazing though was the fact that it was the only telescope ever designed to be serviced in space by astronauts.
Since its launch, the Hubble Telescope had six servicing missions from Space Shuttle Endeavour launched in December 1993 up to the most recent Space Shuttle Atlantis launched last May 2009 capturing over 570,000 images of around 30,000 celestial objects in the universe.
Hubble Telescope has provided various scientists and astronomers with astounding photos and images in space making it possible for them to publish more than 8,700 scientific papers. It has revealed some interesting photos and pictures of different galaxies and nebulae resembling different shapes of objects here in planet Earth.
If you’re looking for some of the most famous Hubble Space Telescope photos and images, we have prepared some of them. One of Hubble’s most famous photos called “Pillars of Creation” showed stars forming in the Eagle Nebula as shown below.
In this Hubble image, the telescope showed pillars of star-forming gas and dust within the nebula.
In addition to the famous photo above, here is an additional exciting image from Hubble Telescope called the “Horsehead Nebula” which resembled that of a horse’s head from the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases.
Another interesting photo captured by the Hubble Telescope was the “Helix Nebula” which was considered to be among one of the closest nebulae on Earth.
Resembling that of a human eye, the photo of the “Helix Nebula” above has often been referred to as the Eye of God watching us here on planet Earth.
Another magnificent photo caught by Hubble Telescope which is called the “Butterfly Nebula”.
Butterly Nebula is one of the hottest stars located in our own galaxy, Milky Way with an estimated temperature of 220,000 degrees celsius.
Moreover, if you’re familiar with the movie Lord of the Rings, this type of Nebula called the Mystic Mountain from “Carina Nebula” resembles that of the bizaare landscape of the mountain in that movie.
Furthermore, the photo of the “Crab Nebula” considered as the single most interesting object as well as one of the most studied in all of astronomy is shown below:
Finally, here is another famous Hubble Telescope photo which resembles the image of a ghost. Thus, the name “Ghost Head Nebula” is used.
According to NASA, this nebula is one of a chain of star-forming regions lying south of the 30 Doradus nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Two bright regions (the ‘eyes of the ghost’) are very hot, glowing ‘blobs’ of hydrogen and oxygen.
For more space photos which revealed some of the most interesting nebula in space, you can visit huge collection of Hubble Telescope images from Google Earth here. Hubble Telescope is truly one of the best and most advanced invention in space technology.
However, with the huge maintenance costs involving its operations, the question now lies on up until when can this Hubble Telescope be in space to give us more wonderful space photos and images.