Man, The Hubble telescope rules. I check in on it now and again to refresh my space themed desktop at work. Today they release an image of “the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82)” to celebrate Hubble’s 16th anniversary. Wicked pissa. happy Birthday Hubble.
From the website:
“The Hubble, almost by itself, is this instrument which allowed us … to understand that it is quite literally true that we know nothing about 95 percent of the known universe,”
“Seventy-five percent of it is dark energy, 20 percent of it is so-called dark matter, and the remaining 5 percent is what we can see. That is an understanding so profound as to rival with Einstein’s development of theories of relativity and so forth. So it has been an extraordinarily valuable instrument.”
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