January Meeting, Sat. 14th

Sombrero Galaxy - Hubble

This Saturday is the 2017 January meeting of the SBVAA.  The program will include a video presentation and continuance of the "Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe" series entitled "The Sombrero Galaxy An Island Universe"
Pre-meeting dinner at the PepperSteak Restaurant.

Partner News

One Incredible Galaxy Cluster Yields Two Types of Gravitational Lenses

There is this great idea that if you look hard enough and long enough at any region of space, your line of sight will eventually run into a luminous object: a star, a galaxy or a cluster of galaxies. In reality, the universe is finite in age, so this isn't quite the case. There are objects that emit light from the past 13.7 billion years—99 percent of the age of the universe—but none before that. Even in theory, there are no stars or galaxies to see beyond that time, as light is limited by the amount of time it has to travel. But with the advent of large, powerful space telescopes that can collect data for the equivalent of millions of seconds of observing time, in both visible light and infrared wavelengths, we can see nearly to the edge of all that's accessible to us. [PDF]


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