EXHIBITS: More Hubble Lore

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Science  23 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5508, pp. 1453
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5508.1453c

If you can't make it to Ashland, Nebraska, this spring to see the latest traveling Hubble Space Telescope exhibit, check out the Smithsonian Institution's online version. It recaps many of the Hubble's greatest moments and features short videos on topics such as a star's life cycle and the fabulous 1994 collision of comet Shoemaker-Levy into Jupiter. There's also a filmlet about the epochal 1996 Deep Field image (shown here), a core sample in time penetrating 12 billion years deep, made by combining 350 images and using 300 different filters. That's nothing compared to what's expected from Hubble's successor, slated to go up in 2009. The proposed scope would be 1000 times more sensitive—enough, says one scientist, to “see the place where there's no more light.”

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