Monday, September 21, 2009

Images from Hubble Space Telescope

New images are coming in from the recently upgraded and repaired Hubble Telescope. Local U.C.-Santa Cruz astronomers are excited and hard at work analyzing them.

Visit the Astronomy Picture of the Day to see views of these images, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

The images have many of us non-scientists stretching our knowledge. A woman came to the Information Desk and asked me to help her comprehend the fact that images we are seeing existed back in ancient time. Light years are actually a measure of distance not time.

Astronomers give free and low-cost talks to the public at both U.C.-Santa Cruz and at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. Read about the 9th Annual Halliday Lecture on the U.C.-Santa Cruz Astronomy and AstroPhysics Dept. website coming in November. Hint: it's on the bottom of the page.

Read more about the Hubble Telescope and see thousands of images here.

Unfortunately, Eric Norris, our speaker for the Tuesday, September 22, Gallileoscope program is ill so we will re-schedule. In honor of the International Year of Astronomy, a Gallileoscope, a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit, was developed by a team of astronomers. Follow the links and see how you can get one. Then watch our website for the new date.

Try these books:
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. Also, available for listening.

Einstein's telescope: the hunt for dark matter and dark energy in the universe by Evalyn Gates

posted by mb