NASA: how to see pic Hubble Space Telescope took on your birthday

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The Hubble Space Telescope has been photographing the Universe for more than 30 years

Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been floating through space, taking pictures of the universe 24 hours a day, seven days a week – meaning it has witnessed some incredible cosmic events in its day.

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You can use a tool on Nasa’s website to see what space images the telescope took on your birthday.

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What is the Hubble Telescope?

The Hubble Space Telescope, also known simply as the Hubble, is a giant telescope in space that NASA launched in 1990.

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According to the space agency, Hubble is “as long as a large school bus” and “weighs as much as two adult elephants.” The Hubble spends its time orbiting the earth at about five miles per second, which is the equivalent of driving a car from the east coast of the US to the west coast in just 10 minutes.

The Hubble Space Telescope, which turned 30 in 2020 (Photo: NASA via Getty Images)

The telescope is pointed into space and takes pictures of planets, stars and galaxies. It has witnessed the birth and death of stars, black holes and galaxies trillions of miles away, and has even seen bits of comet crashing into the gases above Jupiter.

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NASA says that Hubble “fundamentally changed our understanding of the cosmos and its history – full of challenges met by innovation, determination and the human spirit – inspires us.”

The telescope got its name from Edwin P. Hubble, an astronomer who made important discoveries about the universe in the early 1990s.

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Astronauts have visited the Hubble five times to repair it and added new parts and cameras to the telescope. In 2020 it turned 30 years old.

How do I use the function?

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NASA says: “Hubble explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means it has been observing fascinating cosmic wonders every day of the year, including your birthday.”

To see with the Hubble saw on your birthday, all you have to do is go to NASA website.

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From there, select the month and date of your birth and click send to see what was seen on your birthday.

This mosaic image, one of the largest ever taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope of the Crab Nebula, shows six light-years wide, expanding remnants of a star’s supernova explosion (Photo: NASA via Getty Images)

You will be shown an image and given some information about what the Hubble saw. Clicking the Learn More option will take you to a new web page on the Hubble website that tells you all about the image.

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You can easily share your image on social media like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest by clicking the icons on the top left corner. Users are encouraged to share their birthday picture on social media using the hashtag #Hubble30.

Nasa’s website states that Firefox users “may need to disable content blocking for this site in your browser’s privacy settings” if you want to share your Hubble birthday picture on social media.

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A text version of the tool is also available for screen readers.

What did the telescope see on notable days?

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These are some examples of what the Hubble telescope has seen on some notable dates over the years.

On December 25, 2009, the telescope saw dwarf galaxy NGC 4215, and the image captured “intricate patterns of glowing hydrogen sculpted during the star-forming process, cavities blown out of gas by stellar winds, and bright star clusters.”

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Image taken by the Hubble telescope on December 25, 2009 (Photo: Nasa)

On January 1, 2012, it saw the galaxy Leo IV, one of more than a dozen ultrafaint dwarf galaxies near the Milky Way.

On October 31, 2005, the Hubble saw nebula NGC 281, with the image showing “dark knots of gas and dust called ‘Bok Globules’.”

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What is APOD?

APOD stands for Astronomical picture of the dayand it’s a website showing another image or photo of the universe based on Nasa supported work.

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A brief explanation of the image or photo is accompanied by a professional astronomer so you understand exactly what is going on.

Developed, written, coordinated and edited by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell since 1995, APOD contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the web.

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You can see the full archive of images from APOD dating back to June 16, 199 on his website.

You can see those too APOD calendar This allows you to select the month and date you want to see.

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