Hubble image of the galaxy Messier 100 • Earth.com

Last update: August 17th, 2019 at 7:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the spiral galaxy Messier 100 in the constellation Coma Berenices.

The Hubble Space Telescope, which has been in operation since 1990, captured its first images of the galaxy 25 years ago.

In 1993, astronauts installed a device named COSTAR (Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement) to correct the issue of blurry and unfocused photos. The mission was successful, and pictures taken by Hubble were drastically improved.

Today, the new image of Messier 100 was captured using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

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