Posted by: stphotosociety | January 17, 2011

Hubble Telescope


Sometimes, as photographers, we need to step back from our subjects and get things in perspective. One of the best ways to do that is to view some of the images taken by the Hubble Telescope.

According to the Hubble’s official web site, “The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space-based telescope that was launched in 1990 by the space shuttle. From its position 353 miles (569 km) above Earth’s surface, the HST has expanded our understanding of star birth, star death, and galaxy evolution, and has helped move black holes from theory to fact. In its first 15 years, the telescope recorded over 700,000 images.

Hubble’s view is so spectacular because of its location above Earth’s atmosphere. Shifting pockets of air distort light from space — that’s why stars seem to twinkle when viewed from the ground. Furthermore, the atmosphere blocks some wavelengths of light partially or entirely, making space the only place where it is possible to get a truly clear and comprehensive view of the universe.”

You can check out some of the images here:  http://www.hubblesite.org

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