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An IMAX Movie Review: Hubble

by Olivia, Assistant Editor

While we know so much about our own earth, we still know so little about what is outside of our globe and our solar system. It is still extremely expensive and risky to send people to the moon or into space, and so, instead, we have chosen to send small machines to orbit the earth and act as giant telescopes that can see trillions of miles away from Earth. With these telescopes, we are able to gain valuable information about how our universe was created, how stars are created, and the actual extent of just how enormous our universe is. The movie Hubble tells the story of how one of these giant space telescopes, Hubble, takes pictures of faraway stars, planets, and galaxies and how complicated it is to make sure that Hubble is working correctly and is able to take such amazing pictures of distant galaxies.

The movie follows a group of astronauts, some heading into space for the first time, set to capture Hubble, which travels around the earth at five miles per second (an extremely high speed!), and make various adjustments to keep Hubble working. This movie provides you the rare opportunity to peek over an astronaut’s shoulder as he fine-tunes the telescope without you ever having to step into a space suit. The movie also emphasizes the importance of taking care of our Earth; because, in all its searching, Hubble has yet to find another planet that would be able to allow humans to live in without major complications. In addition to following the astronauts into space, you will also be able to see the absolutely incredible photographs that Hubble takes of galaxies far, far away. Moreover, this movie will give you just a sense of how massive the universe really is, and gave me a sense of renewed hope that, because of our cosmos’s pure vastness, we may not be the only ones out there.

Last of all, I was continually struck by the pure beauty of our universe. I was captivated by the multitude of colors that exist and a splendor that we, on Earth, rarely are able to witness.

Some fun facts about Hubble:

  • Hubble was named after Edwin Hubble, an astronomer who changed our understanding of the universe by proving that there were galaxies beyond our own.
  • Hubble is about the size of a large school bus.
  • Hubble left our Earth on April 24, 1990.
  • When it first left Earth to orbit in space, the cost of Hubble, not including its future servicing missions, was 1.5 billion dollars!

For information specifically on Hubble, explore http://hubblesite.org and http://hubblesite.org/gallery/ and http://heritage.stsci.edu/

If you’d like to learn about space telescopes like Hubble, look at http://www.stsci.edu/resources/

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