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Profile of the Day: Edwin Hubble

On this day in 1889, astronomer Edwin Hubble was born in Marshfield, Missouri. Regarded as one of the most important astronomers in history, Hubble was the first to discover the existence of other galaxies in the universe beyond the Milky Way.

Profile of the Day: Edwin Hubble

Image: Edwin Hubble / The Huntington Library, Wikimedia Commons

Hubble was born to Virginia Lee James and John Powell Hubble on November 20, 1889. Growing up, he was known for his athletic abilities and participated in a number of sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and track.

In 1919, Hubble began working at Mount Wilson Observatory, California with the Hooker Telescope, then the largest telescope in the world. After observing what was thought to be nebulae, clouds of dust and gas, he was able to prove conclusively that those nebulae were too far to be a part of the Milky Way, and were in fact, entire galaxies outside our own. He would later be the first to observe that the universe was expanding at a constant rate.

Hubble’s discoveries fundamentally transformed the scientific community’s understanding of the universe. As a tribute to the pioneering astronomer, the Hubble Space Telescope was named in his honor.

Explore Edwin Hubble’s family tree on Geni and share how you’re related to the famous astronomer.

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