St. Michael’s Professor Celebrates Hubble’s 25th Year, Hopes For 5 More

The Hubble Space Telescope, pictured in one of the first photos released from NASA in 1990, is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Friday, April 24. Scientists hope the telescope will remain functional for at least five more years.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s mission, and it’s been a dramatic quarter-century. Over at St. Michael’s College, Physics professor John O’Meara, will be holding a talk tonight about the telescope’s legacy.

Earlier this week, he spoke with Vermont Public Radio about his own work with the telescope:

The iconic Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit 25 years ago this week. Since 1990, it’s been capturing crystal clear images of stellar nurseries, planetary rings and much more. It has been responsible for some major astronomical breakthroughs and has helped shape our knowledge of the universe.

St. Michael’s College professor John O’Meara has used Hubble three separate times for observation and research and will be celebrating its anniversary this week.

O’Meara says Hubble’s breakthroughs in the world of astronomy are too many to list, but that he has several personal favorites. “Hubble has been able to revolutionize our understanding of the entire universe by constraining this dark energy, which takes up about 70 percent of the energy density of the universe,” he says. “And this was something we didn’t know about at all when Hubble launched. And since [then] we’ve really changed our view of the universe with it.”

O’Meara will be holding a talk at St. Michael’s College tonight at 6:00pm in Cheray Science Hall, as part of a larger exhibition about Hubble:

Saint Michael’s College presents “A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope!” with Saint Michael’s Physics Professor John O’Meara, who uses the telescope in his explorations of the universe, at 6 p.m. in Cheray Science Hall Room 101. All are welcome. Join us as Professor O’Meara tells the story of one of the greatest scientific endeavors in history, shows many of its greatest images, and discusses its exciting future. Weather permitting, NASA Solar System ambassador Tom Estill will lead a night sky observing with telescopes, and will bring a number of hands on activities.