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Speaker Meeting

Hubble: its origins achievement and legacy
Friday 19th March 2021
Start time : 20:00

Speaker : Dr.Stephen Wilkins


The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit almost 30 years ago. Thanks in part to its unique position above the Earth's atmosphere and five manned servicing missions it has maintained its position as one of the world's premier observatories to this day. Over its 30 year career Hubble has had an unprecedented scientific and cultural impact; discoveries extending from the outer Solar System to the edge of the observable Universe have revolutionised our understanding of astronomy and cosmology while its spectacular images have inspired the wider public's wonder.

In this talk Stephen will talk about the origins, development, and achievements of Hubble and introduce its soon-to-be launched successor, the Webb Telescope.


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About our speaker:

Stephen Wilkins is a reader in astronomy and public engagement fellow at the University of Sussex where he is also currently Head of Astronomy. Born in Yorkshire, Stephen completed his undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Durham before undertaking a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. He was subsequently as post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford before moving to a lectureship at Sussex in 2013. His research mostly focusses on the study of the first stars and galaxies to form in the Universe. To do this he uses a combination of space observatories (such as Hubble, Spitzer, and soon Webb) and super-computer simulations.



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