Edwin Hubble was born on this day in 1889

Edwin Hubble changed the way we thought of the Universe forever. When scientists decided to name the Hubble Space Telescope after him, they could not have made a more appropriate choice.

By his inspired use of the largest telescope of his time, the 100 inch reflector on the Mount Wilson Observatory, Edwin Hubble revolutionized our knowledge of the size, structure, and properties of the universe. Hubble’s observations proved that galaxies are “island universes”.

Hubble also outlined a classification system for galaxies that is still in use. His greatest discovery was the linear relationship between a galaxy’s distance and the speed with which it is moving, known as the Hubble Constant.

Happy birthday, Edwin Hubble!

(Source: quest.nasa.gov)


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