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The Hubble Telescope has been taking images for more than 30 years, peering into the darkest recesses of the cosmos.

Photographs from the telescope have been published on the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website since 1995.

Nasa has collated these images, and selected one for each day of the year, so you can find one to match with your birthday – here’s everything you need to know.

What is the APOD calendar?

The Hubble telescope has been taking pictures of the universe since 1990, and Nasa has matched one up with every day of the year.

Nasa says: “Hubble explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means it has observed some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year, including on your birthday.

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“What did Hubble look at on your birthday? Enter the month and date below to find out!

“Then share the results with your friends on social media using #Hubble30.”

How do I find my Nasa birthday photo?

Are you curious to find yours? Who wouldn’t be?

To find your birthday image go to this website.

Enter your birth month and day, and see what wonder of the cosmos pops up.

What will my Nasa birthday photo show?

Well, the universe is your oyster.

For example, on 25 December the Hubble Space Telescope snapped the red and blue dwarf galaxy NGC 4214, “ablaze with young stars and gas clouds.”

The photo “captures intricate patterns of glowing hydrogen shaped during the star-birthing process, cavities blown clear of gas by stellar winds, and bright stellar clusters.”

The Hubble Telescope was launched in 1990 (Photo: Stocktre/ Getty/Photodisc)
The Hubble Telescope was launched in 1990 (Photo: Stocktre/ Getty/Photodisc)

If David Attenborough were to do it for his birthday (8 May), he would see the Comet ISON, which “was hurtling toward the Sun at a whopping 48,000 miles per hour. The comet was 403 million miles from Earth, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter”.

If Ed Sheeran were to give it a go (17 February), then he would find the Dwarf Galaxy Kiso 5639. “Hubble captured a firestorm of star birth lighting up one end of this dwarf galaxy. Called Kiso 5639, it is a member of a class of ‘tadpole’ galaxies so named because of their bright heads and elongated tails.”

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