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What are the limitations of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST)?
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  1. The Hubble Space Telescope has a number of limitations.

    • The Hubble is sensitive to intense light and heat, preventing it from studying the sun, Mercury, Venus and stars that are very close to the sun.
    • The Hubble is bound by its orbit, and sometimes loses sight of an object when it is blocked by the Earth.
    • The Hubble's orbit takes it through part of an area known as the Van Allen radiation belt, which area contains charged particles trapped by the Earth's magnetic fields. These particles interfere with Hubble's instruments so it's unable record data in the Van Allen radiation belt.


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