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Hubble’s 25th Birthday

by Radmila Topalovic – Astronomer

Hubble Deep Field image showing hundreds of galaxies.  Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team

Hubble Deep Field image showing hundreds of galaxies.
Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, whose data has revolutionised the field of astrophysics, and captivated scientists and the public alike. Built by NASA with contributions from ESA, the telescope has a primary mirror (its eye) of 2.4 metres and orbits the Earth at an altitude of 340 miles. Read more about this amazing telescope in our article for the Guardian

Look out for Lyrid meteors

17 April 2015 – The annual Lyrid meteor shower is underway and will be growing to its peak on Weds 22–Thurs 23 April. This year the young Moon shouldn’t interfere so at the shower’s height you can expect to see 10-20 meteors per hour, weather permitting. Viewing the Lyrids The point…

Astro Art: cosmic bodies and our solar system

In this new Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year-inspired blog post about astronomically-themed objects from the Museum’s collections, I am looking at planets and other cosmic bodies in our solar system. Celestial globes, armillary spheres and orreries are not only useful astronomical tools; they can also be objects of astounding…

Astronomy Photographer of the Year – Winner Julie

Entries for Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 close on 16 April and it looks like it’s going to be another amazing year. If you want to get involved and need some last minute inspiration, we’ve been catching up with the winners of the 2014 competition. Today Julie Fletcher…