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The Hubble Space Telescope has taken about 750,00 images in its 15 years in space. Celebrating the launch on April 24, 1990, Hubble officials released two more pretty pictures.
The images were to be released Monday, but they were provided in advance to the media and were posted to a British web site Friday afternoon. SPACE.com contacted the Space Telescope Science Institute, which operates Hubble, to verify that an embargo had been broken and that the images were now available for publication.
While Hubble's future is uncertain, its capabilities are unquestioned as the sharp-eyed observatory continues to produce stunning photographs of faraway places.
The new images are fresh views of two of the most famous objects previously photographed by Hubble.
Meanwhile, with its batteries and gyroscopes wearing out, the telescope will likely stop taking pictures in 2007 or 2008.
Originally posted by American Mad Man
Assuming that the universe is infinite, and thus the number of stars are as well (or at the least there are so many of them that it aproaches infite in number) eventually, will night time no longer exist? I mean, as I understand it (admitedly in a VERY limited way) looking at stars is looking into the past because it takes time for the light to reach earth. Thus, far enough in the future could there be so many stars that our night time would turn into one bright light from so many stars?