Hubble Space Telescope; What Mystery Did It Answer? What Other Mysteries Did It Open Up?
HUBBLE TELESCOPE ULTRA DEEP FIELD. THE MOST IMPORTANT IMAGE EVER TAKEN
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos. But Hubble’s early days nearly doomed it to failure: a one-millimeter engineering blunder had turned the billion-dollar telescope into an object of ridicule.
It fell to five heroic astronauts in a daring mission to return Hubble to the cutting edge of science. This single telescope has helped astronomers pinpoint the age of the universe, revealed the birthplace of stars and planets, advanced our understanding of dark energy and cosmic expansion, and uncovered black holes lurking at the heart of galaxies. Join NOVA for the story of this magnificent machine and its astonishing discoveries.
One of the mysteries that the Hubble telescope discovered is that ther are at least 200 Billion Galaxies, and that in every ONE galaxy, there are 100 BILLION STARS. How many planets are possible inside of this insanely high number of stars and galaxies? There are more stars and galaxies out there, without even counting planets, than all of the grains of sand, on all of the beaches of the world, and all of the deserts.
Hubble also solved another mystery, and scientists have a theory that the universe is 13.7 BILLION years old, and that it is expanding more rapidly now than before. Why this is happening is not known; it is a mystery. One explanation may be that the universe is made up of 70% dark matter.