Space and science may capture the public imagination, but as laypeople we rarely get results before scientists decide to publish them. A new Twitter account lets you see the magic in action.
The account, @Hubble_Live, tweets where the Hubble Space telescope is looking… right now.
I am looking at the planet NEPTUNE for Dr. Mark R. Showalter using Wide Field Camera 3! https://t.co/hOGWtCKwG7
— Hubble Live (@Hubble_Live) September 2, 2016
Each tweet lists which scientist (or group of scientists) is using the Hubble with which specific instrument, and where the telescope is pointing and why, whether for observing or just calibrating. Some of the tweets even come with images, though the pictures aren’t actually Hubble images. Each tweet contains a link through to more information about the specific research.
The feed is run by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)’s outreach site, HubbleSite.org. STSci is the operations center for the telescope’s science program.