NASA/ESA Is Giving Away the 2020 Hubble "Hidden Gems" Calendar for Free – Get Your Hands on It Here
This year marks the 30-year anniversary of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope launch. To celebrate the occasion, ESA/Hubble released the 2020 Hidden Gems calendar – completely free of charge – and it is available online for print and digital use.
The calendar features some less well-known images that the telescope has returned over the years. In September 2019, the ESA/Hubble team shared 30 images pulled from the archives and asked social media followers to vote on their favorites by liking the photos. The top 12 were used to illustrate this calendar. Highlights include:
1. Cover: Galaxy NGC 3256
Sits 100 million light-years away in the constellation Vela. The remains of a collision between two spiral galaxies 500 million years ago.
(Image Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA)
2. February: The Veil Nebula
The remains of a supernova explosion that humans might have seen from Earth some 5,000 years ago. If the Veil Nebula was in our night sky, it would take up the space of six full moons.
(Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team)
3. June: Star-Forming Region S106
A star-forming region also in the constellation Cygnus. A newborn star at the center of this cosmic dust cloud gives the nebula its signature shape.
(Image Credit: NASA & ESA)
The Hubble Space Telescope launched on April 24, 1990. Since then, it has sent back some of the most breathtaking space imagery to date: now-famous photographs of distant nebulae and spiral galaxies rendered in sensational color and detail. Observations taken from the Hubble Space Telescope enabled us to determine how old the universe really is (13.8 billion years), discover gamma-ray bursts, and shed light on the nature of dark energy.
The calendar is available in digital and print-ready formats. You can download them both here:
Hubble Space Telescope Hidden Gems 2020 Digital Calendar File
Hubble Space Telescope Hidden Gems 2020 Print-Ready Calendar File