Despite being 28 years old and having a gyroscope failure, Hubble still delivered these 10 amazing snapshots in 2018.
Year after year since its 1990 launch, Hubble keeps revolutionizing our view of the Universe.
No other observatory continues to teach us so much.
28 years on, it’s still yielding uniquely spectacular scientific sights.
10.) NGC 1277: this spiral galaxy hasn’t formed stars in 11 billion years, having lost its gas by speeding through its cluster.
9.) The Lagoon Nebula: in visible and infrared light, gaseous collapse races against the evaporative forces of newborn stars.
8.) Saturn at opposition: despite its evaporating rings, Saturn’s face-on views still dazzle.
7.) A Martian dust storm: raging for months and ending Opportunity’s life, this dust storm may be the largest in recorded Martian history.
6.) Diffuse intracluster starlight: the blue haze captured in these galaxy clusters maps out their overall interior mass.
5.) Messier 100: images with Hubble’s original and modern cameras show the power of upgrades.
4.) Ghost Nebula: perhaps the eeriest place of all, Hubble reveals dust and reflected light.
3.) LEGUS galaxies: nearby star-forming galaxies reveal the Universe’s ultraviolet light.
2.) Abell 370: this massive, distant cluster gravitationally lenses the background light, with Hubble revealing the distances to thousands of galaxies.
1.) Welcome back: after its gyroscope failure, this was Hubble’s first image taken upon its return.
Mostly Mute Monday tells the scientific story of an astronomical wonder in images, visuals, and no more than 200 words. Talk less; smile more.Ethan Siegel is the author of Beyond the Galaxy and Treknology. You can pre-order his third book, currently in development: the Encyclopaedia Cosmologica.