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Observing with Hubble: From Scientific Idea to Published Result (and Everything in Between!)

Presented by: Bill Blair (Johns Hopkins University)
Category: Education and Outreach   Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes   Broadcast date: November 13, 2018
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When an astronomer has an idea for a Hubble observation, what has to happen for that research to become a reality? This talk will give a “behind the scenes” look at what astronomers need to do to pursue science with Hubble, and what STScI has to do to turn accepted programs into actual data for the astronomer. There are myriad steps and hurdles along the way, and everything has to pan out properly to get to the finish line. When all goes to plan, the data will address the original question, or maybe provide new and different insights than anticipated, spawning ideas for new observations. The next time you see a stunning Hubble press release, this talk will provide a better understanding of what had to transpire to make it happen!