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Beyond Hubble: New Space Telescopes to Explore the Cosmos
The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of stars, galaxies, and the nature of our vast universe, and blazed a trail to new journeys that lie beyond Hubble's reach. Dressler will describe several future space telescopes, some already in the shop, others seen on a technological horizon. These "virtual spaceships" will carry us to the end of our journey to understand the birth of stars and galaxies - the dawn of the modern universe, and launch our new quest to locate other worlds like Earth that may be habitable, or even inhabited.
Alan Dressler is an astronomer at The Observatories, a department of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Dressler's principal area of research is the formation
and evolution of galaxies. He makes observations with large ground-based telescopes such as Magellan, and spaced-based telescopes such as the Hubble and
Spitzer. Dressler uses electronic imaging and spectroscopy to study the morphological types, structures, stellar contents, and kinematics of galaxies, many
billions of years younger, in order to help test and focus theoretical modeling of galaxy development. Dressler is a member of the NIRCam team - the principle
camera for the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, a project that began with its recommendation by a study led by Dressler, "HST & Beyond: Exploration
and the Search for Origins (1995, AURA). Dressler is an author of over ~400 scientific papers, many popular articles, and the book Voyage to the Great Attractor:
Exploring Intergalactic Space (1994, Knopf).
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Jim Benet