Observing with Hubble: From Scientific Idea to Published Results (and Everything in Between!)

Tue 13 Nov 2018

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218


8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Have questions? Please contact Tracy Lamb.


Speaker: Bill Blair (Johns Hopkins University)

When an astronomer has an idea for a Hubble observation, what has to happen for that research to become a reality? This talk will give a “behind the scenes” look at what astronomers need to do to pursue science with Hubble, and what STScI has to do to turn accepted programs into actual data for the astronomer. There are myriad steps and hurdles along the way, and everything has to pan out properly to get to the finish line. When all goes to plan, the data will address the original question, or maybe provide new and different insights than anticipated, spawning ideas for new observations. The next time you see a stunning Hubble press release, this talk will provide a better understanding of what had to transpire to make it happen!


The 2018 Public Lecture Series offers talks on a diverse selection of cosmic topics held the first Tuesday of every month in the STScI John N. Bahcall Auditorium. Admission is free and free parking is available in the lot across the street. Find information related to driving directions and relevant transportation resources on our Getting Here page. Further information and directions are available by calling 410-338-4700.

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