Since its launch in 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has taken more than a half a million cosmic images and astronomers have published more than 7,000 scientific papers based on HST data. In this course, we will discuss the scientific stories behind 10 of HST’s most spectacular images.
Lecture 1 The Rationale for a Space Telescope
Lecture 2 Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter
Lecture 3 The Sagittarius Star Cloud
Lecture 4 The Star Factory Inside the Eagle Nebula
Lecture 5 The Cat’s Eye Nebula—A Stellar Demise
Lecture 6 The Crab Nebula—A Supernova’s Aftermath