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Hubble Space Telescope: Working again

Hubble Space Telescope: Working again

BALTIMORE, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency's Hubble Space Telescope is back in operation after malfunctioning last month.

Scientists study Einstein's 'big blunder'

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led international team of scientists has reported preliminary evidence consistent with Einstein's disavowed theory of a force that opposes gravity.

Historic Yerkes Observatory for sale

LAKE GENEVA, Wis., March 28 (UPI) -- The University of Chicago has put the "for sale" sign out at its park-like 77-acre Yerkes Observatory site on the shores of Wisconsin's Lake Geneva.

In the Stars: Dark energy's tell-tale sign

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- A series by UPI examining new discoveries about the cosmos. This week: The phrase that seems to describe most precisely the nature of the universe, as unfolded by modern physics -- both theoretical and observational -- is "stranger and stranger." Case in
PHIL BERARDELLI, Science & Technology Editor

In the Stars: The (big) question of time

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A series by UPI examining new discoveries about the cosmos. This week: A new theory suggests the Big Bang -- the sudden expansion of space and time that brought everything we know into existence some 13.7 billion years ago -- could be simply a periodic ev
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Analysis: A little planet's big impact

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- The big astronomy news of the day is not the discovery of a planetary object far beyond the orbit of Pluto. It is the implication the discovery has for theories of how the solar system formed, as well as confirmation of the existence of the so-called Oort
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Universe may exist in a 'white hole'

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Instead of containing all of creation, the universe itself may exist inside sort of a giant black hole that is reversed, like a movie running backward, so instead of sucking everything into oblivion, the "white hole" is ejecting everything outward.

Most distant galaxy cluster found

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- An international team of astronomers said Tuesday it has discovered the most distant and oldest group of galaxies ever seen.
PHIL BERARDELLI, UPI Deputy Science and Technology Editor

Edwin Powell Hubble (November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953) was an American astronomer who profoundly changed our understanding of the universe by demonstrating the existence of galaxies other than our own, the Milky Way. He also discovered that the degree of "Doppler shift" (specifically "redshift") observed in the light spectra from other galaxies increased in proportion to a particular galaxy's distance from Earth. This relationship became known as Hubble's law, and helped establish that the universe is expanding. Hubble has sometimes been incorrectly credited with discovering the Doppler shift in the spectra of galaxies, but this had already been observed earlier by Vesto Slipher, whose data Hubble used.

Edwin Hubble was born to an insurance executive in Marshfield, Missouri, and moved to Wheaton, Illinois, in 1889. In his younger days he was noted more for his athletic prowess than his intellectual abilities, although he did earn good grades in every subject except for spelling. He won seven first places and a third place in a single high school track & field meet in 1906. That year he also set the state high school record for the high jump in Illinois. Another of his personal interests was dry-fly fishing, and he practiced amateur boxing as well.

His studies at the University of Chicago concentrated on mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy, which led to a bachelor of science in 1910. Hubble also became a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity (and in 1948 was named the Kappa Sigma "Man of the Year"). He spent the three years after earning his bachelors as one of Oxford University's first Rhodes Scholars, studying jurisprudence initially, then switching his major to Spanish and earning his master's degree in that field. Some of his acquired British mannerisms and dress stayed with him all his life, occasionally irritating his American colleagues.

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