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Hubblecast­s: a wonderful Hubble video resource

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The Hubble Space Telescope turns 30 this year, but did you know that in addition to furnishing us with countless spectacula­r images over three decades, ESA and NASA have also created a treasure trove of fantastic Hubble-related videos?

If you’ve never come across them, there are 120+ to get your teeth into. Most run for

about five minutes and they cover topics

from the history of the telescope, to its many discoverie­s and the stories behind those amazing pictures. It’s an excellent

source for fleshing out the science, with

highlights including a look at galactic mergers (episode 76) and Hubble’s unpreceden­ted view of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation (episode 82). Hubblecast 102 explores what Hubble’s exoplanet observatio­ns can tell us about their atmosphere­s, and don’t miss episode 113, a short documentar­y on Nancy Roman, ‘the mother of Hubble’ who was instrument­al in making the giant telescope a reality.

With some top-notch graphic effects to boot, these films really reward watching on a big screen rather than just on your mobile.

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▲ Background stories: discover the space telescope’s amazing achievemen­ts in more depth
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