Hubble's Universe Unfiltered

  • May 19, 2017

    News from the Universe, May 2017

    by Frank Summers

    Each month, I host the Public Lecture Series at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Before introducing the main speaker, I present some Hubble discoveries and other astronomical findings and events called "News from the Universe".

    The stories I covered for the May 2, 2017 lecture are:

    -- Hubble's image of Jupiter at Opposition

    -- Another plume seen on Europa

    -- Perspectives on Spiral Galaxies in Virgo

     

     

    Here are the description and links to the main speaker's presentation for the April 2017 Public Lecture Series:

    The Harvard "Computers" and the Classification of Stars

    Mia Bovill, Space Telescope Science Institute

    Over a century ago at the Harvard Observatory, a group of women were hired to make precise astronomy measurements on a collection of half a million glass plates. Their results form the backbone of our understanding of stars, and lead to important insights on such topics as the structure of the Milky Way and the nature and origin of the universe. The group became known as the Harvard Computers, and they helped shape our modern concept of the universe. However, unlike Hubble and Einstein, their names are largely lost to history. In this presentation, Dr. Bovill will help bring the work of Mina Fleming, Antonia Maury, Henrietta Leavitt, Annie Jump Cannon and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin out of the shadows.

     

    An archive of lecture webcasts back to 2005 is available at STScI Webcasting: STScI Public Lecture Series Archive.

    Most lectures since spring 2014 are also in a HubbleSiteChannel YouTube playlist: STScI Public Lecture Series Playlist.