The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) developed a website feature to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th year in orbit. This feature allows anyone to see a cosmic event that happened on everyone’s birthdays between 1990 and 2020.
“Hubble explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means it has observed some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year, including on your birthday,” said NASA. Because of it being active 24/7, it’s now dubbed as the “best eye in the sky.”
And the best eye in the sky has indeed seen a lot of out of this world—pun intended—events in its 30 years of orbiting in outer space. Here’s a look at some of these events which happened during these COVID-19 heroes’ birthdays.
Angel Locsin (April 23) – Galactic Center, 2008
“This infrared image of the center of our Milky Way galaxy reveals a population of massive stars and complex structures in the hot ionized gas that swirls around the galactic core.”
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (June 17) – Stephan’s Quintet, 1999
“This close-up shows four of the five galaxies that make up Stephan’s Quintet. The image reveals bright, blue clusters of stars, born from the violent interactions between some of the member galaxies.”
Marian Rivera-Dantes (August 12) – Andromeda Galaxy, 2010
“Over 100 million stars are on display in this portion of the Andromeda galaxy, located over 2 million light-years away. This portrait of our galactic neighbor is the largest image yet assembled by Hubble.”
Frankie Pangilinan (December 16) – Andromeda Galaxy Halo, 2002
“This image captures the light from 300,000 stars (and a star cluster) in the Andromeda galaxy’s halo, a vast spherical cloud of stars surrounding the galaxy’s bright disk. Also embedded in the image are many background galaxies that are much farther away.”
Cosmic events during Pope Francis’s birthday
Of course, My Pope had to check what happened during our dear Pope Francis’ birthday! Lolo Kiko was born on December 17, and when you input the date on the website, the event shown is the “Interacting Galaxies Arp 273.”
The cosmic event happened in 2010, then-Cardinal Bergoglio’s 73rd birthday. “Arp 273 is a pair of interacting [spiral] galaxies that form a shape resembling a rose,” the caption stated. It seems as if Pope Francis really has a connection with roses! Fun fact: His grandmother’s name is Rosa and a light pink rose was also named after him—the Pope Francis Rose! You can read all about this rose in My Pope Magazine’s upcoming May issue, available on Magzter through the My Pope Philippines App!
Check out the NASA website to know the significant space that event happened on your birthday! You can also save the image and post it on your social media accounts—just don’t forget to put the hashtag, #Hubble30!