The world we live in looks giant in our eyes, right? It takes so much time to go from place to place like it is the most gigantic thing that ever exists! But this world is nothing but a small little object existing in the vast universe. The whole universe itself is a giant body full of beautiful artistic celestial bodies. The space isn’t confined with planets or stars or asteroids or meteoroids, it has several other bodies, which are often left out.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, have played huge parts in introducing us to the world of space. Under the U.S. federal government, it is an independent agency catering to the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research. NASA, established on the 29th of July, 1958, was previously the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
The invention of the telescope and launching of the Hubble Space Telescope
Galileo Galilei’s who created the telescope would have never thought that his invention has come such a long way. In 1990, Hubble Space Telescope was launched. It is a space telescope that was launched into the low Earth orbit. It is one of the largest and the most volatile telescopes. Costing about 11.3 billion dollars, the Hubble telescope is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble. It is the only telescope designed by the astronauts to be made in space!
On Thursday, the European Space Agency and NASA together unleashed some never – seen – before pictures of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope. The pictures were taken in September and October. Hubble Space Telescope helps scientists and researchers to know the whereabouts of space nearby.
About the detailed pictures
Hubble Space Telescope took photographs of the planets even after it was over 3 billion miles away. The images are part of the Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy program (OPAL).
Following are the observations.
On Jupiter, which is the 5th planet and acknowledged as the largest planet is where the telescope noticed new storms. “Every time we get new data down, the image quality and detail in the cloud features always blow me away,” said Amy Simon of the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Saturn, which is the sixth planet of the solar system and is also known to be the 2nd largest planet after Jupiter. It showed color shifts connected to seasonal changes. The Hubble Space Telescope helps the researchers to see the seasonal changes as well.
Uranus which is the seventh planet and also known as the Greek god of the sky is introducing a bright white polar region under the telescope.
Neptune is the eighth planet and the last planet of the solar system since the planet named Pluto is no more counted as a planet that looks like a blue marble in the telescope. Some dark spots are visible on its body, with one moving around. NASA said the planet is looking very much like it did back in 1989 when they saw it through Voyager 2.
Know more about Hubble Space Telescope through the video below:
Hope to see more pictures or get more information about outer space!