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#BFFinSpace As @HUBBLE_space celebrates its 32nd year of operations, here are some captivating facts about the observatory’s achievements and impact πŸ‘‡
πŸ“· @esa
@HUBBLE_space @esa πŸ”΄ Launched on 24 April 1990, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has made more than 1.5 million observations of about 50 000 celestial objects πŸ‘‡
@HUBBLE_space @esa πŸ”΄ Astronomers using Hubble data have published more than 19 000 scientific papers, with more than 1000 of those papers published in 2021 πŸ‘‡
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On 24 April @HUBBLE_space celebrates its 32nd year of operations 🍾 and as #BFFinSpace, we want to celebrate together πŸŽ‚ with this anniversary image of a galaxy grouping πŸ‘‡
πŸ“· NASA, ESA, and STScI
Music: Mylonite – Breath of my Soul
@HUBBLE_space This pan presents an unusual close-knit collection of five galaxies πŸŒ€ called the Hickson Compact Group 40. Three spiral-shaped galaxies, an elliptical galaxy and a lenticular (lens-like) galaxy somehow have crossed paths ...πŸ‘‡
@HUBBLE_space ... to create an exceptionally crowded & eclectic galaxy sampler. The πŸ“Έ reflects a special moment in their lifetimes as they fall together. In about 1 billion years they will eventually collide & merge to form a single giant elliptical galaxy. Way to go, @HUBBLE_space !
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Breaking News πŸ“£ #Hubble breaks new record detecting the most distant individual star ever seen. Nicknamed Earendel by the authors, this star existed within the first billion years after the Universe’s birth in the Big Bang πŸŽ†

Full story: πŸ”— esahubble.org/news/heic2203/

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πŸ“Œ The newly detected star is so far away that its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach Earth, appearing to us as it did when the Universe was only 7% of its current age.
πŸ—¨οΈ "It’s like we’ve been reading a really interesting book, but we started with the 2nd chapter & now we will have a chance to see how it all got started,” said astronomer Brian Welch of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, lead author of the paper
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