Hubble might be done

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  1. Bailey

    Bailey It's always Christmas Eve Super Moderator

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    Reports on Twitter that HST is currently in standby mode after a gyro failure. :(
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    It's officially in standby.
    IIRC, Kepler has had a similar problem with its gyros but has still been able to do a bunch of work inspite of that. (If it wasn't Kepler, it was another telescope where the gyros all shat themselves.)
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    ed629 Morally Inept Banned

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    It can still operate on the remaining gyros.





    Mmmmmm.... gyros....
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    Yup, it was Kepler, and it seems the issue now is that it's out of fuel, not that 3 of its 4 gyros have been dead for years.
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    Hopefully it's not the end, but if it is...it's given us some great stuff.

    This one's my favorite. They point the HST at a small, apparently empty section of the sky and get this...

    galaxies.jpg

    Each one of those dots is a GALAXY, each one with millions or billions of stars. Shows us very clearly that the universe is almost incomprehensibly large.
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  7. ed629

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    This is my favorite Hubble image.

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    And what always blows my mind is that this no longer exists. It is so far away from us that we know it has transformed into something else by now.
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    Theory is that they may have been destroyed by the shock wave of a super nova, around 7,000 years ago. It's possible that they still exist, as the super nova may not have been as powerful due to lower levels or x-rays observed, are being slowly being dispersed from a less powerful shockwave.
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    A Hubble image of the Eagle Nebula, the Pillars of Creation are at the center of the image.

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    ed629 Morally Inept Banned

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    A close up of one of the pillars, our entire solar system would fit in the nodule highlighted. That's how big the Pillars of Creation are.

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    Not sure that "now" has any meaning in that context.
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    Wish there was a way we could go get Hubble and bring it back.
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    Another problem for Hubble.
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    You ever want to hug a telescope and tell it things will be okay? I want to do that now.
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    All space probes die eventually. Unless its Voyager 6.
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    My god! It's full of stars!

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