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Monday, 1 May, 2000, 10:00 GMT 11:00 UK
Cosmic vote
Hubble has returned stunning pictures of the cosmos
Hubble has returned stunning pictures of the cosmos
By Corinne Podger of BBC Science

The astronomers who operate the Hubble Space Telescope are giving people around the world a chance to vote on its next target.

Since it was launched more than 10 years ago, Hubble has given the world a front row seat to outer space - showing events like a comet slamming into Jupiter and stars being born.

Every day, it collects enough pictures to fill an encyclopaedia.

The Hubble Heritage Project will soon be accepting votes on which object in space the telescope will look at next.

Milky Way

To register a vote, you need to visit the project's internet site before 6 June.

The chosen subject will be observed in August and a colour image will be published in October.

There are some restrictions on what you can vote for. It will not be possible to choose objects in our solar system - for instance, planets and asteroids.

But the target could be a star, a cluster of galaxies, a nebula in the Milky Way, or an object in a nearby galaxy.

This is the third time a public vote on Hubble viewing has been taken. A previous winner targeted a galaxy called the Polar Ring.

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