Thursday, February 19, 2009

[FOTHP]Hudnall Celebrates The International Year of Astronomy


Witness a spectacular event at February 21, 2009 at 7:00PM at the
HUDNALL PLANETARIUM when two new mural-sized images taken by NASA's
Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and Chandra X-ray
Observatory will be unveiled to the public. The stunning photographs of
the well-known spiral galaxy Messier 101 commemorate the International
Year of Astronomy and will be unveiled by Tom Hooten, Director of
Hudnall Planetarium and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 celebrates the 400th
anniversary of Galileo first turning a telescope to the heavens. From
Galileo's first spyglass, telescopes have grown ever larger and ever
better, and have moved to mountaintops and to space. NASA's Great
Observatories represent the achievements of astronomy four centuries
later and are honoring this legacy with a national image unveiling.
HUDNALL PLANETARIUM was selected to present these incredible images to
the people of East Texas.

One 6-foot-by-3-foot image shows three striking full-color images that
showcase the galaxy's features in the infrared light observed by
Spitzer, the visible light observed by Hubble, and the X-ray light
observed by Chandra. The images show not only the details of the grand
design spiral structure for which the galaxy is famous, but also the
underlying giant clouds where stars are born, as well as the hidden
locations of black holes and exploded stars. These multi-wavelength
views provide both stunning beauty and a wealth of scientific
information not even dreamed of by Galileo.

Another 3-foot-by-3-foot image of Messier 101 combines the views from
all three telescopes into an amazing composite. It's like seeing with
your eyes, night vision goggles, and X-ray vision all at once!
Additional information about the Hubble Space Telescope is available at Additional information about the Spitzer Space
Telescope is available at Additional
information about the Chandra X-ray Observatory is available at
Hudnall Planetarium is located in the heart of the Tyler Junior College
main campus near the intersection of Mahon Avenue and Lake Street in
Tyler, Texas. Free parking is available. For more information contact
Hudnall Planetarium at 903-510-2312 or visit the website at

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