Hubble’s back!

Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302)Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team. The Hubble Space Telescope celebrated 19 years in orbit this year and had another, final, refit. The new camera, Wide Field Camera 3, got a test run with the unexpected Great Black Spot [of Jupiter] but it’s now fully calibrated and Hubble has reopened for business. As this image of the Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302) demonstrates. The BBC’s Spaceman blog has more.

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  • For a minute I thought you were going to tell me Hubble had a piece of Parsley stuck to its lens!

  • Big Maggie

    Nineteen years in orbit! That’s some achievement. Congratulations to all responsible.

  • Wilde Rover

    I must be getting old if something registered in my head as “new fangled technology” is nearly twenty years old.

    Amazing shot of the nebula. The larger images on the Hubble site make it look truly terrifying.

  • Big Maggie

    Wilde Rover,

    I’ve grabbed it and am using it as my desktop/wallpaper, turned 90°.

  • Wilde Rover

    Big Maggie,

    I was just thinking about how to get it to come at you from a distance on the screen and “destroy” the icons on the desktop as it hits them;)

  • Big Maggie

    Wilde Rover,

    I’ll ask my favourite grandson. He’s good at that sort of thing, bless his little techie heart :^)