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What Picture Did NASA Take On My Birthday? How To Find Your Hubble Photo

The Hubble telescope has taken a lot of pictures over the years. Want to see what it captured on your birthday? Here’s how to find it in seconds!

NASA’s Hubble telescope has captured thousands of space photos over the years, and thanks to a handy tool on NASA’s website, you can easily see what picture it took on your birthday. The universe is a place of neverending wonder. It’s filled with jaw-dropping galaxies, alien planets, endless stars, powerful black holes, and so much more. Humans have learned a great deal about outer space in a relatively short amount of time, but even so, there’s always something new for us to learn about.

One tool that’s been instrumental in this exploration is Hubble. Created by NASA and the ESA, Hubble was launched in April 1990 as the most advanced space telescope of its time. Over 30 years later, it’s still hugely important! Hubble’s helped astronomers calculate the age of the universe and how quickly it’s expanding, get a better understanding of our own Solar System, and capture incredible photos of things millions of light-years away from Earth.

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As you might expect, operating Hubble for more than 30 years means it’s captured a tremendous number of photos. As NASA explains on its website, “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.” In honor of Hubble’s 30th anniversary in April 2020, NASA launched a section on its website called ‘What Did Hubble See On Your Birthday?‘ It allows users to enter their birthday and see what photo Hubble took on that day — giving you a fun space picture to associate with your special day.


How To Use NASA’s Birthday Photo Website

Photo of Hubble above the Earth
Photo credit: NASA

The best part? Finding the Hubble photo NASA took on your birthday is extremely easy. Simply head to the ‘What Did Hubble See On Your Birthday’ section on NASA’s website and find the ‘Select Your Birth Date’ section at the bottom of the page. Click ‘Select Month’ to choose your birth month, click ‘Select Date’ to choose the day you were born, and then click ‘Submit’ to find the Hubble photo taken on that day. In less than a second, NASA shows the Hubble photo it took on your birthday.

Examples Of Hubble Birthday Photos

Hubble photo that NASA took on October 2
Photo credit: NASA

Along with the photo itself, NASA also says what year it was taken and explains what it is. For my birthday on October 2, for example, Hubble took the above photo of the GOODS South Field — an area of thousands of galaxies accounting for “more than 12 billion years of cosmic history.”  There are share links at the top left of the picture, allowing you to quickly share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. There are also buttons to hide the background information, see the full image, or get even more info about it.


Hubble photo that NASA took on February 17
Photo credit: NASA

And you aren’t limited to seeing just one Hubble photo. After entering your birthday, you can refresh the page and enter a new date to see another photo. The above image, captured on February 17, shows “a firestorm of star birth” in the dwarf galaxy Kiso 5639.

Hubble photo that NASA took on July 20
Photo credit: NASA

Another stunning example is the Hubble photo captured on July 20. On that day in 1997, Hubble took this dazzling picture of the Ant Nebula displaying “intriguing symmetrical patterns in the lobes of gas being ejected from a dying Sun-like star at its center.”

And that’s all there is to it! Refreshing the website resets the page so you can enter a different birthday and see a new Hubble for whatever other date you enter. The website also works on both computers and smartphones, though it is much better optimized for computers. Keep those tips in mind, and you’ll find the picture NASA took on your birthday in no time at all.


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Source: NASA

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