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What Did the Hubble Telescope See on Your Birthday? This NASA Website Will Show You

A 2010 Hubble-captured image of a pillar of gas and dust in a stellar nursery called Carina Nebula.
A 2010 Hubble-captured image of a pillar of gas and dust in a stellar nursery called Carina Nebula.
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The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on April 24, 1990, and it has spent the last three decades enriching our understanding of the cosmos more than we ever could’ve imagined. This year, NASA is the telescope's 30th birthday with another launch: a that shows you a photo of what the Hubble saw on your birthday.

Because the telescope is exploring space every hour of every day, the images it has captured over the years are both fascinating and varied. You could see a globular star cluster, a dust storm on Mars美女视频黄频大全视频, or something else entirely. You only need to enter the date and month of your birthday on the site, so the image you get won’t necessarily be from the year you were born—and, if you were born before 1990, it definitely won’t be—but it’s pretty fun to juxtapose how you were spending that particular birthday with how the Hubble was spending it. While your parents were snapping a shot of you blowing out the candles at your eighth birthday party, for example, the Hubble might’ve been snapping a shot of the beautiful auroras around Jupiter’s north pole.

The telescope was first all the way back in 1946 by Yale University astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer, Jr., who published a paper about the possible advantages of having what he called a “large space telescope” in orbit to help astronomers study the galaxies. The project finally got off the ground in the 1970s, and the telescope was designed so that astronauts could periodically upgrade it while still in orbit. Since it first broke through the atmosphere in 1990, the Hubble—named after astronomer Edwin Hubble, who proved the existence of other galaxies beyond the Milky Way—has taught us that the universe is 14 billion years old, that its expansion is speeding up, and so much more.

Unlock your birthday image on the Hubble website , and check out more stellar photos taken by the Hubble here.

The American Museum of Natural History Is Hosting a Virtual Field Trip to Mars

Explore Mars from the comfort of your couch.
Explore Mars from the comfort of your couch.
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When you're stuck at home, the internet can transport you to faraway places—even places that are impossible to visit in person. On Friday, May 8, the American Museum of Natural History will host a virtual field trip to Mars, and the event is open to aspiring space travelers of all ages.

The live show launches at 1:30 p.m. EST on , with astrophysicist Jackie Faherty and the museum's director of astrovisualization Carter Emmart acting as tour guides. They'll provide live commentary as the video takes viewers past the canyons, craters, and rover tracks that characterize Mars's surface. During the field trip, the hosts will dig into questions like: Are volcanoes still active on Mars? What does Mars smell like? Where did the water that was once on Mars go?

This upcoming live video event is just the latest way the American Museum of Natural History is staying connected to the public during the COVID-19 crisis. The New York institution has continued to update its website and social media pages with with experts and behind-the-scene looks at its collections.

After taking a trip to Mars from home this Friday, you can continue your tour of the galaxy online. 3D videos can be used to reach many worlds beyond our own, including planets outside our own galaxy.

Newly Uncovered Documents Date First-Ever Death By Meteorite Back to 1888

An unlikely cause of death, streaking through the sky.
An unlikely cause of death, streaking through the sky.
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Most meteors burn up in the atmosphere before hitting Earth, but those that do survive their fiery descent can have disastrous consequences. Meteorites have destroyed a car, a mailbox, and a fishing boat美女视频黄频大全视频. In 1888, a falling meteorite hit a person, marking the earliest known death by space rock, according to .

The incident was recorded in documents recently uncovered from the Turkish state archives and reported in the journal . In 1888, local authorities described several meteorites landing in what's now Iraq and wreaking havoc on the area. One meteorite reportedly left one man dead and another paralyzed. According to the documents, fields and crops were also destroyed by the event. The writing suggests a chunk of the deadly meteorite once accompanied one of the letters. If this still exists, the researchers who uncovered the historical documents haven't been able to locate it.

美女视频黄频大全视频The meteorite shower was likely big news at the time. The researchers found evidence of reports of a fireball spotted above a nearby city from the same period. Abdul Hamid II, the 34th sultan of the Ottoman Empire, was even notified of the disaster.

In modern history, reports of meteorites striking people are still incredibly rare. For decades, the only person known to have been hit by a meteorite was Anne Hodges, who had the unfortunate experience of being woken up from a nap when one punched a hole in her roof, bounced off a radio, and then hit her in 1954.

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