Hubble and YouTube Anniversaries Appropriately Fall Together

The Hubble Telescope and the first YouTube video ever (Hubble Image: Shutterstock / YouTube Image: YouTube)

(WTNH) — There’s something very fitting about the anniversaries of the Hubble Space Telescope and YouTube being on the same day.

It was 25-years ago on April 24th that the Hubble was launched, embarking on a voyage that revolutionized our view of the universe.  And it was 10-years ago on this date that one of YouTube’s three young founders uploaded a 19-second video about elephants, launching a different kind of revolution.

Why should the two anniversaries be mentioned together at all?  Because one gave us never-before-imagined views on the cosmos, seeing back billions of years in time; showing us how stars are created, how the universe is expanding, how there are things called dark energy and dark matter that make up 70-percent of everything in existence.  The Hubble has done what the very essence of scientific inquiry demands: it has answered so many questions, and at the same time raised so many more.

The other gave us never-before-imagined views of humanity, in every possible endeavor and activity.  YouTube has become the library of visual life, from the humblest events to the grandest spectacles; from children’s piano recitals to grand opera and rock and roll spectacle; from the silliest spontaneous comic moments to entertainment events that changed the direction of popular culture.  Put another way, from everything to everything, with 300 more hours of new video uploaded every minute.

So take a moment today to remember the Hubble, which let us see outward farther than ever, and YouTube, which give us an unparalleled inward view on human endeavors great and small.  If there’s one day that celebrates the phrase “it’s all in how you see it,” this is it.


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