Lizzy and I seem to be stuck on throwing a little love back out into the universe this week. When we were chatting about the planets, we stated to discuss all of the other amazing events that are occurring right now in the vastness of space. Recently, I watched a documentary on NOVA about the retirement of the Hubble space telescope and the launching of the Kepler spacecraft. The Hubble images that I've seen are amazing- it's like watching science and magic mix together, and then explode into a brilliant array of color and light. The Kepler mission will be able to see even further into space, and who knows what we'll find- the possibilities are limitless! ~ F
The DMS wants to know:
If you could look through a space telescope, what heavenly event would you want to see? (i.e. a comet, a planet, a star, a nebula, an alien... : )
We'll tell you ours, if you tell us yours!
Here's a little about the Kepler space telescope:
The Kepler instrument is a specially designed 0.95-meter diameter telescope called a photometer or light meter. It has a very large field of view for an astronomical telescope — 105 square degrees, which is comparable to the area of your hand held at arm's length. It needs that large a field in order to observe the necessary large number of stars. It stares at the same star field for the entire mission and continuously and simultaneously monitors the brightnesses of more than 100,000 stars for the life of the mission—3.5 or more years.
This magnificent image from NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes shows the Orion Nebula in an explosion of infrared, ultraviolet, and visible-light colors. It was “painted” by hundreds of baby stars on a canvas of gas and dust, with intense ultraviolet light and strong stellar winds as brushes. At the heart of the nebula, in the brightest part of the image, is a group of monstrously massive stars, collectively called the Trapezium. Located 1,500 light-years from Earth, the Orion Nebula is the brightest “star” in the sword of the Hunter constellation.