The public is getting an opportunity to use the world's most celebrated telescope to explore the heavens in honor of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).
Teachers, students, and everyday people will have a chance to boldly look where Hubble has never looked before by voting for one of six candidate astronomical objects, the leading vote-getter to be observed during the IYA's "100 Hours of Astronomy," taking place from April 2 – 5. Educators and their students can also make and submit artistic collages of their favorite Hubble images.
Space enthusiasts can cast their vote at http://YouDecide.Hubblesite.org. The contest ends March 1.
The astronomical candidates range from far-flung galaxies to dying stars, and have not been previously photographed by Hubble. The Space Telescope's exquisite resolution will reveal exciting new details in whatever final object is selected.
Even if your favorite object doesn't get picked, by voting you will have an opportunity to receive a Hubble photograph of the winning celestial body. A total of 100 people's names will be randomly selected.
In the accompanying HST Classroom Collage Activity, children in participating classes will select their favorite Hubble images and assemble them in a collage. The children in each class also will choose their favorite object from the image voting contest and write essays on why they made their selection.
For more information, visit Hubble's Amazing Space website: http://YouDecide.Hubblesite.org/amazing-space
The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) and is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Md. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) conducts Hubble science operations. The institute is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., Washington, D.C.
STScI is an International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA 2009) program partner.