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  1. Astronomy - Hubble Deep Field Academy (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy)
      Provides lessons and projects to learn more about the universe through images from the Hubble telescope. 3-00

  2. Astronomy - Hubble Deep Field Academy (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy)
      Provides lessons and projects to learn more about the universe through images from the Hubble telescope. 3-00

  1. Astronomers See "Near the Beginning of Time" (
      "The photo reveals thousands of galaxies billions of light-years away, stretching back almost to the time when the first stars began to shine. (The BBC has a more technical take, but basically: light from galaxies that far away takes billions of years to reach us, so when we see them we’re really looking back in time.) 'The XDF is the deepest image of the sky ever obtained and reveals the faintest and most distant galaxies ever seen,' Garth Illingworth of the University of California at Santa Cruz, principal investigator of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2009 program, said in a statement from NASA. 'XDF allows us to explore further back in time than ever before.' "

      "The XDF is an update to an image compiled by Hubble in 2003 and 2004 called the “Hubble Ultra Deep Field.” That picture collected enough light to reveal thousands of distant galaxies. At the time, it was the deepest view of the universe. The XDF goes even farther, capturing objects some 13.2 billion light-years away — meaning 13.2 billion years into the past. The universe itself is thought to be about 13.7 billion years old, meaning that the farthest galaxy found in the XDF existed just 450 million years after the big bang — a blink of an eye in cosmological terms." 09-12

  2. Black Hole Pulls a Star in Orbit of Galaxy (USA Today - Vergano)
      "Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured evidence of a black hole hurtling through our Milky Way galaxy with gravity so strong it's dragging a star with it." 11-02

  3. Hubble Space Telescope Gets Final Upgrade (MSNBC News)
      "When astronauts from the shuttle Atlantis open up the Hubble Space Telescope for its final extreme makeover, much of the work will be aimed at fixing what's been ailing the world's premier orbiting observatory. It'll get fresh batteries and brand-new gyros, and if all goes well, Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph will be back in full working order for the first time in years."

      "But this is not just a fix-up mission. Two new instruments are due to be swapped into the mix, and those enhancements should give Hubble superpowers it never had before: for example, three-in-one vision that spans the spectrum from ultraviolet to infrared, and the ability to make out the cosmic cobwebs that stretch out between galaxies." 05-09

  4. Hubble Space Telescope Upgraded (CNN)
      Provides some details of the equipment on Hubble that was replace. 3-02

  5. Hubble Telescope Fixed and Improved (BBC News)
      "Astronomers are celebrating the release of remarkable new images from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST)." Some of the pictures are included in the article.

      Hubble discoveries to date include:

      "In what was a prime mission objective, Hubble fixed the Universe's age at about 13.7 billion years - later confirmed by other instruments"
      "Hubble's ability to detect faint supernovae contributed to the discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating"
      "Hubble was one of two telescopes to make the first direct images of planets orbiting another star - historic images made public last November"
      "Hubble provided the first direct measurements of the three-dimensional distribution of dark matter in space"
      "Hubble has shown that monster black holes, with masses millions to billions times the mass of our Sun, inhabit the centres of most galaxies" 09-09


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