Hubble celebrates 25 years of capturing our Universe

Last updated at 06:39
Westerlund 2NASA/ESA
Westerlund 2 is the Hubble telescopes 25th birthday images

The Hubble Space Telescope has celebrated its 25th birthday with a spectacular image of young stars blazing across a dense cloud of gas and dust.

The "Westerlund 2" cluster of stars is located about 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina.

Hubble Space Telescopex
Hubble was launched into low Earth orbit on 24 April, 1990.

Named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble, the telescope has recorded some of the most detailed visible-light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time.

NGC 2264 Cone NebulaNASA
Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as determining the rate of expansion of the universe.

"Even the most optimistic person to whom you could have spoken back in 1990 couldn't have predicted the degree to which Hubble would rewrite our astrophysics and planetary science textbooks," commented Nasa Administrator Charlie Bolden.

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Charlie added: "A quarter of a century later, Hubble has fundamentally changed our understanding of our Universe and our place in it."

Eagle NebulaNASA, ESA, and Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)
The Eagle Nebula

Engineers expect the observatory to keep operating for at least another five years.

Jupiter and GanymedeNASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka
Jupiter and one of its moons, Ganymede - captured over a distance of more than 440 million miles (708 million km)
Spiral GalaxyNASA / ESA
The Spiral Galaxy
M83 Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, Barred Spiral galaxyNASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team
M83 Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, Barred Spiral galaxy
M1 Crab NebulaNASA, ESA, and J. Hester (ASU)
The M1 Crab Nebula is 6,500 light years from Earth
Star-forming NebulaNASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage
A star-forming Nebula
M82 Cigar GalaxyNASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team
The M82 Cigar Galaxy
M16 Eagle NebulaNASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team
The M16 Eagle Nebula