Happy 100,000th birthday, Hubble! And I’m talking about the Hubble Space Telescope, not the astronomer Edwin Hubble, and I’m talking in terms of Hubble years in a geocentric model, where one Hubble year equals one revolution around the Earth. The space observatory has made more than 100,000 orbits around the Earth, and in more familiar terms, it has been in operation for over 18 years (and yes, I mean 18 normal Earth years).
To celebrate the occasion, scientists aimed the Hubble towards the Large Magellanic Cloud and took images of a lively star-forming region 170,000 light-years away. Here’s hoping for several more years of productive science coming out of Hubble.