ARI opens up ‘window of the universe’


16 June 2011

Exploring Hubble in Orbit: two decades and counting

As the owners and operators of the world-famous Liverpool telescope, LJMU’s Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) is now bringing another telescope to the attention of the public.

The new 'Public Lectures in Astronomy' series, will see its inaugural lecture bring the Hubble Space Telescope to life, delivered by  Dr Robert Fosbury* of the European Space Agency. Hubble Space Telescope

Due to the generous benefaction of Paul and Lesley Murdin**, this is a free event and the lecture will present the story of Hubble, looking back on the revolution  in astrophysics that it has achieved and forward to what it is achieving now in its probings of the early history of the universe to the study of the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.

Renowned for its beautiful images, the Hubble Space Telescope has been a great success for NASA despite a defective mirror that nearly ended the mission when the problem was detected after launch in 1990. Hubble is used to create images from the Universe's visible light, free from the distortion caused by the Earth's atmosphere. It also has instruments that detect invisible infrared and ultraviolet radiation. Hubble is one of NASA's four Great Observatories, the others being the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope. It is now some hundred times more powerful than when it was launched in 1990.

Venue: Art and Design Academy, Johnson Foundation Auditorium (see Art & Design Academy, L3 5YD - http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/86077.htm ) at 7.30pm on Thursday 23 June. Admission is free.

*Dr. Robert Fosbury, has led the Space Telescope - European Coordinating Facility in Garching, the European Part of ESA/NASA Cooperation of Hubble Space Telescope.

* *Paul Murdin is attached to the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. He is a Visiting  Professor  at LJMU and chairs the ARI's External Advisory Board and is also a long-standing member of the NSO Board. Paul has held senior positions in PPARC and the British National Space Centre and is a great populariser of astronomy, regularly making TV and radio appearances. Paul and his wife Lesley are personally sponsoring the series through charitable giving.

LJMU also runs ‘Astronomy By Distance Learning’, a selection of life-long learning courses that can be taken by students who do not have any specialist scientific or mathematical background. These are multimedia courses taught using a variety of media such as interactive CD-ROM material, videos, DVDs, websites, online astronomy newsgroups and photographic plate http://www.astro.livjm.ac.uk/courses/distance.shtml



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