Hubble in Venice

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Images of Hubble and objects that have been used for servicing it are to be exhibited in Venice at the Palazzo Loredan from 16 September to 15 October.
Credit: ESA/Hubble

Venice, that symbolic destination for lovers the world over, is celebrating the union between astronomical science and a prestigious historic heritage. In fact, the Palazzo Loredan, a superb palace dating back to the 15th century, is to be home from 16 September to 15 October 2010 to an event devoted to Hubble, the space telescope that associates the ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA. It is worthy of note that this building accommodates the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, a partner in this initiative. Hubble’s most famous and most significant photographs obviously account for a large and compulsory part of this exhibition dubbed “The Hubble Space Telescope: 20 years at the frontier of science”. It is completed by the presentation of authentic tools that astronauts have used to repair the orbital observatory. Part of one of Hubble’s solar panels designed by the European Space Agency is also to be exhibited. This original combination of history and science is also to feature art with a laser beam that will “paint” the adjacent Palazzo Franchetti with a projection that appears abstract, but is actually derived from the spectral data for three objects examined by Hubble: a star, a galaxy and a quasar (a very active, distant galaxy). This laser projection was designed by Tim Otto Roth, known for his creations at the frontier of art and science.

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A laser will “paint” a visual projection entitled “From the distant past” directly derived from the data of observations made by the space telescope.
Credit: ESA/Hubble

We would stress that entry to the exhibition is free-of-charge whilst it is on (therefore until 15 October). Opening hours are from 10.00 to 17.00. Guided tours in English and Italian are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays. This general public event is to coincide with an international scientific conference which will unite professionals working on the Hubble programme from 11 to 14 October.

Exhibition poster and PDF brochure (spacetelescope.org)

Press release announcing the exhibition (spacetelescope.org)

Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti


Scientific conference on Hubble known as “HST3”

The “From a distant past” laser projection explained on Tim Otto Roth’s website

Published on 16 september 2010

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