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November 9, 2011 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-36

Was the Real Discovery of the Expanding Universe Lost in Translation?


Image: Edwin Hubble and Georges Lemaître (Artist's Illustration)

Edwin Hubble and Georges Lemaître (Artist's Illustration)STScI-PRC2011-36 Artist's Concept

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This illustration shows American astronomer Edwin Hubble (1889-1953) on the right and Belgian priest and cosmologist Georges Lemaître (1894-1966) on the left. Based on new evidence, both scientists should share credit for independently uncovering evidence for the expanding universe in the late 1920s. Lemaître is also credited with proposing a theory for the origin of the universe that would later be called the "big bang." The telescope on the left is the 100-inch Hooker Telescope on Mt. Wilson in California. The Hubble Space Telescope is on the right.

Image Type: Artwork

Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)