Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy 20th Birthday Space Telescope

Celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 20th birthday and the Transformation of Modern Astronomy at the next Science on Tap event (science plus beer!) with speaker Bruce Balick, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington.

The event is 7:30 p.m., Tues., Jan. 6 at T.S. McHugh's Irish Pub, Lower Queen Anne, 21 Mercer St., Seattle. Call 206.282.1910.

2009 marks the 20th year of the Hubble Space Telescope and the 400th anniversary of Galileo the "father of modern observational astronomy" Galilei's demonstration of his first telescope.
Hubble has entertained 4,000 astronomers worldwide and snapped about 500,000 images of more than 25,000 celestial objects. These include Balick and friends' pics of planetary nebulae.

Because of Hubble we have intel on the age of the universe (13.7 billion years old), how planets are born, and dark energy. Balick will also give an update on the Hubble Servicing Mission 4 planned for this winter to improve Hubble's space armor and make it more powerful than ever.

Need more Hubble? Check out National Geographic's book Hubble: Imaging Space and Time, reviewed by the LA Times here.

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