For most of its 25 years in space, the Hubble Space Telescope has been astounding people all around the world with its beautiful images. Its scientific instruments have revolutionized our understanding of the universe and its history. But this is not an article about the Hubble Space Telescope; rather someone we have to thank for clearing the pathway for its success, and many other contributions she has made to NASA and understanding of astronomy.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen is making a swing through the inner solar system and AAA Astrophotographers were out trying their best to photograph the faint orb. It began to show up in photos as more than a green dot in mid-November to those with large telescopes. While advertised as about magnitude 5 or less, the diffuse comet wasn’t really visible to the naked eye.