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Come to the free public science lectures at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). Lectures are at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the STScI auditorium on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. Free parking is available. (Directions to STScI)

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About Hubble

  • Hubble at a Glance
    Have you ever wondered how much Hubble weighs? How far out in space it orbits as it views the cosmos? We'll tell you that and much more in Hubble at a Glance, interesting facts about the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Hubble Science Impact
    The Hubble Space Telescope has had a major impact in every area of astronomy, from the solar system to objects at the edge of the universe. To date, more than 3,500 technical publications have reported HST Hubble results. Here is a “Top 10” summary of Hubble’s major scientific results.
  • Hubble's Greatest Discoveries
    Hubble has helped astronomers answer many questions about the universe. Come explore Hubble's Greatest Discoveries and learn how the telescope expanded our understanding of the cosmos.
  • "Creating Hubble's Technicolor Universe" (PDF document)
    An article by STScI's Ray Villard and Zoltan Levay discusses the colorization of Hubble images. The article appeared in the September 2002 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine (Copyright 2002, Sky Publishing Corp.), and is made available on this Web site by permission of the publisher.

Science Writers' Workshop

The Space Telescope Science Institute offers periodic workshops that give writers the opportunity to learn about recent science topics.

The most popular workshop is held in the Spring, when the Space Telescope Science Institute selects a science topic and invites scientists from around the world to speak at a symposium. In conjunction with the symposium, the Office of Public Outreach sponsors a workshop for science writers that includes short talks by several symposium speakers. Science writers also have the opportunity to talk with the speakers.

Science writers who cannot attend our workshops can view them on their computers. Visit our archive for information on past workshops.

May 1, 2014 Science Writers' Workshop

STScI Hosts "Habitable Worlds Across Time and Space" Symposium April 28-May 1

Within a matter of years, humanity will know for the first time the frequency of terrestrial planets in orbit around other stars. This knowledge will pave the way for joining research from astronomy, Earth science, and biology to understand the past, present, and future of the Earth within its larger context as one of many habitable worlds throughout our galaxy. Such work seeks to understand the formation and fate of Earth as well as predict where and when different bodies will be suitable for both simple and complex forms of life.

During the four-day symposium "Habitable Worlds Across Time and Space," scientists from diverse fields will gather at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 28 through May 1, to discuss the formation and long-term evolution of terrestrial bodies throughout the various phases of stellar and Galactic evolution. A particular focus will be in how the specific conditions and challenges for habitability on Earth extend to other bodies in the Solar System and beyond. This symposium will include discussion about sites for Galactic habitability that have not yet been given much attention. The existence of these overlooked environments may provide motivation for novel astronomical observations with existing and next generation ground-based and space-based observatories.

A special Workshop for Science Writers will be held at the conclusion of the Habitable Worlds Symposium on May 1. The Science Writers' Workshop invited speakers and proposed topics are:

  • Dr. Shawn Domagal-Goldman (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
    "Early Earth as an Alien World"
  • Dr. Massimo Marengo (Iowa State University)
    "Forming Planets During Post-Main Sequence Evolution"
  • Dr. Natalie Batalha (NASA Ames Research Center)
    "Kepler Observations of Habitable Planets"
  • Dr. Britney Schmidt (Georgia Institute of Technology)
    "Habitability of Icy Moons"
  • Dr. Alison Murray (Desert Research Institute)
    "Lake Vida and Subsurface Life"

Journalists interested in attending the Habitable Worlds Symposium talks and/or the Science Writers’ Workshop should register by April 24 by contacting Martha Devaud via email at devaud@stsci.edu . Complimentary registration is available to all working press members, but the cost of food is not included. To participate in morning and afternoon breaks during the Symposium, as well as the Poster Break/Reception scheduled for April 28, please pay the $75 registration fee.

For additional information about the Habitable Worlds Symposium, visit: http://www.stsci.edu/institute/conference/habitable-worlds.