Don’t miss the great unveil celebrating Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th anniversary

On Friday, April 24, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope celebrates the 30th anniversary of its launch aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. In honor of that occasion, a stunning new Hubble image of the cosmos will be released.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center was selected as one of a limited number of locations throughout the nation to unveil the Hubble 30th anniversary photo to the public. Since ‘Imiloa is temporarily closed to help lessen the spread of COVID-19, this great unveiling and celebration of Hubble’s 30th anniversary will take place April 24 through ‘Imiloa’s online portals: website, Facebook and Instagram.

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These national unveilings are the brainchild of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, home to Hubble’s science operations center. In late 2019, STScI put out a call for applications from museums, science centers and other organizations interested in hosting an event to display Hubble’s 30th anniversary image. After a rigorous selection process, 74 organizations were chosen to host a public unveiling, including at least one location in all 50 states.

Besides the image’s great unveil, there will also be a Facebook Live Watch Party planned for the film “Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe” hosted by Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EricWhitacreOfficial/. This 30-minute film was a collaboration between STScI and Whitacre to showcase stunning images captured by NASA and using STScI visualizations to transport audience from Earth to the universe, accompanied by a virtual choir of 8,000 singers, with ages ranging from 4- 87 from 120 countries.

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A full list of all the national unveilings as well as downloadable resources and a gallery of Hubble’s most iconic images are available at https://hubblesite.org/hubble-30th-anniversary

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is planning to host a public event on site at a later date to further celebrate Hubble’s 30th anniversary. Visit imiloahawaii.org for more information and updates about Hubble’s celebration.

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