What does Hubble mean?

Definitions for Hubble
ˈhʌb əlhub·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hubble, Edwin Hubble, Edwin Powell Hubblenoun

    United States astronomer who discovered that (as the universe expands) the speed with which nebulae recede increases with their distance from the observer (1889-1953)


  1. Hubblenoun

    derived from the Norman French given name Hubald.

  2. Hubblenoun

    The astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble.

  3. Hubblenoun

    The Hubble Space Telescope.

  4. Etymology: After Edwin Powell Hubble, American astronomer


  1. hubble

    The Hubble Space Telescope (often referred to as HST or Hubble) is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation. It was not the first space telescope, but it is one of the largest and most versatile, renowned both as a vital research tool and as a public relations boon for astronomy. The Hubble telescope is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble and is one of NASA's Great Observatories. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) selects Hubble's targets and processes the resulting data, while the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) controls the spacecraft.Hubble features a 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in) mirror, and its five main instruments observe in the ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to capture extremely high-resolution images with substantially lower background light than ground-based telescopes. It has recorded some of the most detailed visible light images, allowing a deep view into space. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as determining the rate of expansion of the universe. Space telescopes were proposed as early as 1923, and the Hubble telescope was funded and built in the 1970s by the United States space agency NASA with contributions from the European Space Agency. Its intended launch was in 1983, but the project was beset by technical delays, budget problems, and the 1986 Challenger disaster. Hubble was finally launched in 1990, but its main mirror had been ground incorrectly, resulting in spherical aberration that compromised the telescope's capabilities. The optics were corrected to their intended quality by a servicing mission in 1993. Hubble is the only telescope designed to be maintained in space by astronauts. Five Space Shuttle missions have repaired, upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope, including all five of the main instruments. The fifth mission was initially canceled on safety grounds following the Columbia disaster (2003), but after NASA administrator Michael D. Griffin approved it, the HST was completed in 2009. It completed 30 years of operation in April 2020 and is predicted to last until 2030–2040.Hubble forms the visible light component of NASA's Great Observatories program, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope (which covers the infrared bands). The mid-IR-to-visible band successor to the Hubble telescope is the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which was launched on December 25, 2021, with the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope due to follow in 2027.


  1. hubble

    The Hubble refers to the Hubble Space Telescope, a space-based observatory that was launched into orbit in 1990 by the United States. Named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble, it takes high-resolution images of the universe, contributing to significant advances in the field of astrophysics. Its images have provided key data that has improved the understanding of many stellar phenomena, galaxies, and the overall universe.


  1. Hubble

    Hubble is a lunar crater that lies very near the east-northeastern limb of the Moon. At this location it is viewed almost from the side from Earth, and the visibility of this feature is affected by libration. It lies to the north of the Mare Marginis and northeast of the crater Cannon. About one crater diameter to the north-northeast is Lyapunov. The rim of this crater is worn and eroded, and it has a somewhat irregular edge in places. The inner wall is wider along the western side, where the rim has a slight outward bulge. The most intact portion of the rim lies along the eastern side, and the inner wall of this face is visible from the Earth. The interior floor has been resurfaced by basaltic lava, giving it a lower albedo than the surrounding terrain. It is, however, not quite as dark as the lunar mare to the south. This surface is relatively level and featureless, with only a few tiny craterlets. It lacks a central peak, but a pair of small craterlets lies near the midpoint.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hubble

    hub′l, n. (Scot.) an uproar: a heap, as of work: (U.S.) a lump.—adj. Hub′bly.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hubble is ranked #8990 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hubble surname appeared 3,639 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Hubble.

    93% or 3,386 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 79 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 70 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 42 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 32 total occurrences were Black.
    0.8% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hubble in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hubble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Hubble in a Sentence

  1. February NASA:

    These clouds are so thick that even Hubble’s infrared capability could not penetrate them.

  2. Amy Simon:

    We’ve gotten quite used to seeing a lot of big change on Jupiter. We see the clouds change color, we see storms coming, we’ve been watching the Great Red Spot — I would love to see a big storm outbreak on Uranus, because that’s one of the few places where we don’t tend to see that very much, if we saw a big storm develop on Uranus (using Hubble), I’d be pretty excited.

  3. Paul Crowther:

    Once again, our work demonstrates that, despite being in orbit for over 25 years, there are some areas of science for which Hubble is still uniquely capable.

  4. Mark Showalter:

    We came really close to missing it entirely, its too faint to see in a single Hubble [exposure].

  5. Heidi Hammel:

    By monitoring auroral activity on exoplanets, we may be able to infer the presence of water on or within an exoplanet, now, it's not going to be easy — it's not as easy as Ganymede and Jupiter, and that wasn't easy. It may require a much larger telescope than Hubble, it may require some future space telescope, but nevertheless, it's a tool now that we didn't have prior to this work that Joachim and his team have done.

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