What did space look like on the day you were born? Here's how to find out

A new Nasa website lets users see through the lens of the Hubble Telescope to mark its 30th birthday

This image of the Carina Nebula Pillars, cosmic pinnacles within a tempestuous nursery of infant stars, was taken on February 1, 2010. Courtesy Nasa
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The Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting the Earth for almost three decades, collecting images of planets, stars and galaxies.

The telescope will mark its 30th birthday on Friday, April 24, after first being launched into the atmosphere in 1990.

And now you can peek back through the lens of the Hubble Space Telescope to celebrate its upcoming milestone: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has created a new feature on its website that allows you to see the most interesting Hubble recording from your own birthday.

You can't search for the year you were born, the feature only allows you to narrow down results by month and day, and tells you the most momentous finding from that date in the telescope's history. So, even if you were born in 1990, you might get a result from 1995, for instance, but still on your birthday.

Results feature everything from cosmic collisions to otherworldly images of faraway galaxies.

On April 20, 2008, for example, Hubble captured an infrared image of the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.

The image "reveals a population of massive stars and complex structures in the hot ionised gas that swirls around the galactic core", according to Nasa.

On April 21, 2014, meanwhile, the telescope shuttered an image of Jupiter, with the planet's Great Red Spot, a giant storm in the atmosphere, clearly visible.

This full-disc image of Jupiter was taken on 21 April 2014 with Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

The telescope, named after astronomer Edwin Hubble, was launched by the space shuttle Discovery, and has gone on to provide scientists with a deeper understanding of how the universe works.

Among its main discoveries, the telescope has helped astronomers narrow down the age of the universe in which we live, and helped determine the rate at which the universe is expanding.

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In this April 25, 1990 photograph provided by NASA, most of the giant Hubble Space Telescope can be seen as it is suspended in space by Discovery's Remote Manipulator System (RMS) following the deployment of part of its solar panels and antennae. The Hubble Space Telescope's premier camera has shut down. NASA says the camera suspended operations, because of a hardware problem. Hubble's three other science instruments are still working fine, with celestial observations continuing
Hubble Trouble - 21 Apr 2015

In 2005, it also photographed two previously unknown moons that orbit Pluto, Nix and Hydra.

According to Nasa, the Hubble Telescope completes 15 orbits per day, and travels at a rate of 480 kilometres per minute.

There are no plans to retire the telescope, which has so far undergone five services in its lifetime. Nasa, however, hope to operate Hubble alongside the James Webb Space Telescope, the agency’s newest infrared observatory, which is planned for launch in 2021.

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