Hubble: Our Cosmic Time Machine

  • Released Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Hubble Space Telescope is many things. It’s an observatory, a satellite, and an icon of cultural and scientific significance – but perhaps most interestingly, Hubble is also a time machine.

Hubble isn’t that far away, locked in a low-Earth orbit just a few hundred miles up that takes about 90 minutes to complete. But with its position just above Earth’s murky atmosphere, Hubble’s transformative view of our universe literally lets us witness our universe’s past. It allows us to effectively travel back in time.

The answer is simply light! Watch this video to learn more about Hubble: Humanity’s cosmic time machine!

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Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Paul Morris: Lead Producer
Elizabeth Tammi: Script

Music Credit:
"Neon Dreamscape" by Craig Connelly [PRS] via Focus Music (Publishing) Ltd [PRS], and Universal Production Music.

Video Credit:
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Eating Grilled Cheese And Ham Sandwich

Woman Listening To Music On Headphones And Dancing To The Rhythm

Corporate Employees During Meeting In Office Discussing Topics Related To Sales

Teacher Teaching Mathematics On Chalkboard In Classroom

Time Lapse Of A Car On A Main Road Driving Home At Night

Businessman Eating Sandwich And Smiling To Camera In The City

Family Tree Animation With Text That Grows. Children And Future

Tracking Shot Of Knight Fight In Court. Knight Blocking Punch

Samurai Posing Towards Mt. Fuji

The Night Sky Is A Showcase Of Twinkling Stars And Constellations

Wide Shot Of An Ancient Hominid, Neanderthal, Homo Sapiens Is Sitting Near

Majungasaurus Watches As A Meteor Approaches Prehistoric Earth

Businessman Eating Sandwich During Break In The Park

Scooping Peanut Butter Out Of The Jar With A Plastic Spoon

Death Valley National Park Milky Way Galaxy Time Lapse Night Sky Above Telescope

Cosmic Speed Of Light Travel Between Nebula Clouds And Star System

Group Of Primitive Savages Hunting Animals In Forest

3D Space Tardis Background Video

Sliced White Bread Falling. Slow Motion

Detail showing Mansa Musa sitting on a throne and holding a gold coin
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. However, please credit individual items as indicated above.

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This page was originally published on Sunday, March 10, 2024.
This page was last updated on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7:28 AM EST.