Friday, January 14, 2011

Fun Fact Friday

So you guys know the Hubble Telescope had is 20th anniversary in orbit last year, right?  [Don't worry, I didn't either] 

Here's a couple of crazy facts about the Hubble:

It completes an orbit of the Earth in about 97 minutes.

It travels at a speed of 5 miles per second.  If a car could drive that quickly, it would only take 19 minutes to drive from New York to Los Angelos. 

It uses 2800 watts of energy.  That's 28 100-watt light bulbs.  Less than it takes to run just the floor I work on in the hospital.

Check out some of the pictures the Hubble has taken over the years.

Saturn's Rings

Star Cluster NGC 290

Jet in Carina

*photos from here*
*facts from here*

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