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The Hubble Space Telescope - Celebrating 25 Years of Service


April 24, 2015
Location: Corsicana, Texas

The Cook Education Center Planetarium presents a pair of Hubble-themed shows.

7:00 p.m. April 24: “Through the Eyes of Hubble” Planetarium Show
In the early 20th century, using the Mount Wilson telescope, Edwin Hubble was the first astronomer to show that spiral nebula were in fact distant galaxies. 70 years after Hubble's discovery, a large telescope was finally put into Earth's orbit, but problems were soon discovered with the telescope’s mirror. Although much scientific research was done with the imperfect optics of the Hubble Space Telescope, its full potential would have to wait for a 1993 servicing mission. In that servicing mission, shuttle astronauts installed new instruments and optical devices to correct its deficiencies and bring the Hubble Space Telescope to its full potential.

8:00 p.m. April 24: “Hubble Vision” Planetarium Show
The Hubble Space Telescope has provided incredible images in unprecedented detail to astronomers, and made an astonishing array of discoveries. From nearby objects in the solar system to the most distant galaxies at the limits of the observable universe, Hubble has unlocked the secrets of the cosmos and uncovered even more questions. This program shows you the best and most exciting Hubble images, woven them into an engaging story of cosmic exploration. HUBBLE Vision is a fascinating tour of the cosmos from Earth orbit.

There will be telescope viewing after dark. Admission is free.

7-9 p.m. April 24
3100 W. Collin Street
Corsicana, TX 75110

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