It’s already the 33rd week of 2013, and we have not one, but two Hubble Hangouts this week! Hubble Hangouts are Google+ Events created by the Hubble Space Telescope outreach team from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. These live events are broadcast video conferences where the audience can interact with the hosts and guests on the event page with questions, comments and even photos! We’ll be having more of these throughout the year, so stay tuned!
What are Hubble’s Greatest Images?
First up is “Hubble’s Top Shots” on Tuesday 13 August. Joining me will be Alberto Conti and Tony Darnell as hosts, along with guests Carol Christian, Frank Summers, Mario Livio and Zolt Levay as we get into the great debate: “What are the best images from the Hubble Space Telescope?” This fantastic question allows a lot of public interaction as anybody that’s attending the event can post their favorite image from Hubble and give a brief explanation as to why it’s significant. It could be on it being purely beautiful, but also have a focus on the scientific significance of the image too! Join the event on Google+ at 1PM PDT/4PM EDT/8PM UTC on Tuesday. If you’re unable to watch it live, have no fear! The broadcast will be recorded and hosted on YouTube and hubblesite.org.
How to get Comet ISON Data.
On Wednesday 14 August, we’ll meet up again to discuss some of the most recent data collected by Hubble. Comet ISON is making its approach for the Sun and then its closest approach to Earth on its way back (that is, if it survives its sun-grazing). This past April, Hubble collected data imaging ISON and it’s available to the public. During this hangout hosted by Alberto, Tony and myself, we’ll go into detail as to how everyone can use this data at home to create images of ISON for themselves! Our guests for this show are Bonnie Meinke, Max Mutchler and Zolt Levay. Join the event on Google+ at 1PM PDT/4PM EDT/8PM UTC on Tuesday. If you’re unable to watch it live, have no fear! The broadcast will be recorded and hosted on YouTube and hubblesite.org.