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Experiencing Hubble: Free Video Lecture on the Hubble Space Telescope

Taught by Professor David M. Meyer Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

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Inside the Hubble Space Telescope

Planet-sized scars from comet fragments marring the familiar face of Jupiter. Countless stars sparkling like multicolored gems. Intricate debris patterns expanding from a sun-like star in its death throes. An eerie glow emanating from the Sombrero Galaxy more than 25 million light-years away. These are just four of the many startling pictures we have of the cosmos—and they’ve all been brought to us by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Orbiting 600 kilometers above our heads, Hubble is responsible for some of the most captivating and insightful images of the universe ever witnessed by the human eye; images that are both works of art in their own right and puzzle pieces that are helping us come closer than ever to solving mysteries about the universe. Just as intriguing, however, is the story behind Hubble’s origins and its inner workings. In fact, Hubble’s images are best understood and appreciated when placed in the context of the telescope’s construction and the laws of astrophysics underlying how it works.

In Inside the Hubble Space Telescope, you learn

  • why a space telescope offers better advantages than ground-based observatories;
  • how Hubble uses its mirrors and solar panels to take its captivating images;
  • how Hubble almost proved to be a complete failure after its 1990 launch; and more.

Watch this free video lecture to go behind the scenes of one of the most revolutionary instruments in modern astronomy!

Inside the Hubble Space Telescope is delivered by Dr. David M. Meyer. Dr. Meyer is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. He also directs the Dearborn Observatory and codirects the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics at Northwestern, where much of his work involves the Hubble Space Telescope. Professor Meyer’s awards include the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence—Northwestern’s highest teaching honor.