The Hubble Space Telescope: 25 Years of Imaging the Cosmos

Sunday, 15 February 2015: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 220B (San Jose Convention Center)
The year 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Thanks to forefront imaging techniques, vibrant images produced from Hubble have fundamentally changed humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe and have invigorated and reshaped public perceptions of outer space and human connections to the cosmos. This symposium will examine innovative imaging techniques that convert Hubble data collected from planets, nebulae, and far-flung galaxies into powerful scientific tools and into photos and videos that make the universe more accessible, relevant, and intimate to the public. Wavelength filtering and color translation enable imaging of phenomena that would otherwise be largely invisible to human eyes. Time lapse imaging and 3D aspects of distance and time enable a glimpse of dynamic changing phenomena in the universe, such as weather on neighboring planets, evolving and merging galaxies, and fast jets ejected from black holes. Even the “unseen” realms of exoplanet atmospheres, the intergalactic medium, and dark matter can be visualized through Hubble’s unique spectroscopic and photometric observations. Because of these continuing innovations in complex multi-wavelength imaging and visualization, Hubble is revealing properties of a maturing universe that for most of human history has only been probed in the imagination. The images unveil both beauty and cataclysmic disturbances amid a fantastic cosmic tapestry.
Ray Villard, Space Telescope Science Institute
Jennifer Wiseman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jennifer Wiseman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Ray Villard, Space Telescope Science Institute and Robert Kirshner, Ph D, Harvard University
Zoltan Levay, Space Telescope Science Institute
Hubble's Technicolor Universe
Frank Summers, Space Telescope Science Institute
Hubble's Universe in the Third Dimension
Heidi Hammel, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
The Dynamic Solar System
Jennifer Lotz, Space Telescope Science Institute
Mirror of Reality
Robert Hurt, California Institute of Technology
Visualizing the Unseen
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