The Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. Has any other recent innovation in astronomy so changed our perception of the cosmos? We’ll be running some glorious Hubble images this week, like the one above of ESO 510-G13, a warped spiral galaxy seen edge-on from our earthly perspective. The dust and spiral arms of normal spiral galaxies, like our own Milky Way, appear flat when viewed edge-on. This galaxy has an unusual twisted disk structure. ESO 510-G13 lies in the southern constellation Hydra, roughly 150 million light-years from Earth. Hubble captured this image in 2001.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.