04.02.2011 -

Malcom Longair relates twenty years of the Hubble Space Telescope

The upcoming lecture "Twenty Years of the Hubble Space Telescope", hosted at Palazzo Zorzi (Venice, Italy) on Monday 28 February 2011 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm, is organized by the Circolo Italo-Britannico Venezia (English-speaking association in Venice).


The English-speaking association in Venice is concerned with the cultural relations between Italy, Great Britain and all other English-speaking countries. Activities comprise weekly lectures and presentations in English and embrace a wide range of subjects, including literature, history, art, music, theatre and other topics of common interest, together with discussions on current affairs. Our guest speakers are usually academics or professionals expert in their specific field. Talks are followed by a short question-time and invariably implemented with visual and audio support.

Guest speaker is Malcolm Longair, a British astrophysicist who over the years has held many important positions in his field of competence: Astronomer Royal of Scotland; Director of the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh; Regius Professor of Astronomy at Edinburgh University and Head of the Cavandish Laboratory (Department of Physics) at Cambridge University. His primary research interests are in the fields of high energy astrophysics and astrophysical cosmology. He has written eight books and many articles on this work. His most recent publication is the second edition of his Theoretical Concepts in Physics, released in December 2003.He has chaired many international committees and boards working with both the NASA and the European Space Agency. Professor Longair joined the Hubble Space Telescope project in 1977 when it was first approved and has been associated with it and its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, since that time.

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was carried into orbit by a space shuttle in 1990. Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well-known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST was built by the United States space agency NASA, with contributions from the European Space Agency, and is operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute. It is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble. The HST is one of NASA's Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope. Hubble has helped to resolve some long-standing problems in astronomy, as well as turning up results that have required new theories to explain them.

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Source : Wikipedia/ Hubble Space Telescope, Malcolm Longair

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