Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hubble Telescope views universe 13 billion light years distant

For two decades the Hubble Telescope has amazed the world with exotic images of deep space. Just lately Hubble found one of the most faraway universe ever observed at 13 billion light years distant. It also captured a spectacular asteroid impact and the destruction in the wake. The Hubble Telescope’s run of discovery will end in 2014 when it’s replace by the James Webb Space Telescope, a larger, much more advanced instrument that will make Hubble’s amazing achievements seem quaint. Article resource – Hubble Telescope astronomers travel back 13 billion years in time by Personal Money Store.

Most ancient universe picture from Hubble

Hubble Telescope astronomers made an announcement Friday. They said that the most ancient object in the universe has been seen now. A Hubble image had been seen earlier this year that came from a universe that had light taking 13.1 billion years to reach Earth, reports the New York Times. At the time, the universe was just 600 million years old. It is expected the universe was one of the first to exist and therefore is no longer in the form that the Hubble say it in.

Hubble displays the asteroid collision too

The Hubble also made history last week. It took asteroid collision photos, the first ever taken. The Christian Science Monitor accounts the images offer clues about what to expect when asteroids slam together. The data could help scientists devise a plan to deflect an asteroid that threatens Earth. Astronomers figured a rock about 10 to 16 feet wide smashed into a larger asteroid at about 11,200 mph. A small nuclear blast could be compared to the blast. The larger rock took out the smaller rock turning it into vapor. It then went behind the larger rock as a type of tail.

Then there is the Webb telescope

The successor to the Hubble Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, can be sent to a stable point in space called a Lagrange point 940,000 miles from Earth — four times farther than the moon. Places in points were the gravity from the Sun and Earth intersect are called Lagrange points. This is a place where orbit can take place. It is where the Webb Space Telescope will be. From this fixed position, operating at a temperature of absolute zero, its two-story tall mirror will be able to observe the birth of the universe and open a new era of space exploration.

Articles cited

New York Times

nytimes.com/aponline/2010/10/20/science/space/AP-US-SCI-Oldest-Galaxy.html?_r=4 and partner=rss and emc=rss

Christian Science Monitor






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