Dr. Vicki (Mader) Sarajedini Presents "Astronomy Through the Eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope"

April 06, 2010

"The Hubble Space Telescope allows us to study the universe - past, present and future," said Dr. Vicki (Mader) Sarajedini, a 1991 graduate of Mount Union College and assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Florida, as she presented a symposium as part of the activities surrounding the dedication of Mount Union's new science facility, Bracy Hall.

 

Sarajedini was introduced by Dr. Peter Lucke, professor of physics and astronomy at Mount Union. She described the Hubble, which is the only optical telescope in space.

"The benefit of the Hubble is that it is above the earth's atmosphere, so it observes objects much more clearly," said Sarajedini.

For instance, Sarajedini stated that if a human could see as well as the Hubble, they could stand in New York City and distinguish between two fireflies, only three meters apart, in San Francisco.

She went on to explain how the Hubble is helping astronomers get a better look at the formation of stars, galaxies and the sun as well as the planets themselves. "My research uses images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope to study active galaxies at a greater distance from us," said Sarajedini.

The next telescope to be launched, according to Sarajedini, is the James Webb Space Telescope. She said that one of its most distinctive features is a 6-meter mirror, which is considered very large. Currently, the James Webb Telescope is slated for launch in 2011.

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