The Hubble Space Telescope helped mankind to discover some amazing insights from our Universe: the distribution of dark matter, moons of Pluto, gamma-ray bursts, and so on. The telescope was named after the American astronomer Edwin Hubble, the one who discovered a century ago that there are many other galaxies in the Universe besides our Milky Way.
The Hubble Space Telescope is rapidly approaching its 30th birthday celebration, but the anniversary will be changed due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Hubble’s 30th birthday image unveiling will be interrupted
In this rough period that affects us all in a way or another, social distancing is strongly encouraged and even imposed in many situations. It’s the best thing to do, however, and the interruption of the birthday image allows organizers and visitors to practice social distancing more efficiently.
To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th anniversary, the event will present some of the most important space images captured by the famous telescope. The European Space Agency (ESA) stated:
“The health and safety of visitors and organizers of Hubble 30 celebrations events remain our top priority. The original plan was to have unveiling events taking place on or shortly after the anniversary date of Apr. 24,”
“ESA/Hubble is now shifting its vision to instead hold events in the coming months that are a general celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s splendid 30 years.”
No more public gatherings
For obvious reasons that we’re all aware of, Hubble won’t allow any more public gatherings for the 30th anniversary of the telescope. Instead, ESA will still offer the people the chance to admire at space facilities space images made by the telescope. This will happen after April 24 and until September 30.
The future looks bright for the Hubble Space Telescope, and all we can do is to wish it a happy birthday. The pandemic will pass, but space exploration will always exist due to the natural curiosity of mankind.