Why is Edwin Hubble famous?

Edwin Hubble, an American astronomer, made a huge impact on astronomy, and science in general, by demonstrating that other galaxies, besides our own Milky Way, existed. Less than a century ago, many scientists believed there was just one galaxy, the Milky Way.

    On December 30th, 1924, Edwin Hubble announced he had evidence that the Milky Way galaxy was just one of the many galaxies in Universe.

   Discovering that our galaxy wasn’t alone was just the beginning for Hubble. He continued measuring distances and velocities in deep space.

 His findings, published in 1929, led to the widely accepted notion that the Universe is expanding. The well known Hubble Space Telescope is named after Edwin Hubble.

    The Hubble Space Telescope has provided valuable research data and images since it was carried into orbit in 1990, leading to many breakthroughs in the field of astrophysics.

   Despite his accomplishments, Hubble never won the Noble Prize in physics, since at that time; astronomers were not eligible for the award.

   However, Edwin Hubble has received other accolades, however. Both an asteroid and a Moon crater bear his name.