The discovery (if and when it happens) of extraterrestrial complex life will undoubtedly usher in a revolution that will rival the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions combined.
Hubble's scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, will literally infuse new meaning into the phrase "the search for our origins."
It's truly refreshing that Sandra Bullock's character, Dr. Ryan Carter, is depicted in Gravity as an intelligent professional.
The shapes in the sand and the constellations in the sky become one, mirroring the tortuous path of human life in the dramatic Hubble images of outbursts that simultaneously mark stellar deaths and the promise for a new generation of stars, planets, and life.
Blunders are not only inevitable, they are an essential part of any innovative thinking process. If not for them, any creative enterprise might be wandering for much too long down too many blind alleys.
The goal is to use those so-called "Frontier Fields" to reveal populations of fainter galaxies, and to characterize the morphologies of distant star-forming galaxies.
The deep ocean is not the only place where we can marvel at the wonders of nature. The heavens are another such place, and the Hubble Space Telescope, in particular, has captured for us some images about which we can truly say that they are "out of this world."
When the Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990, the original idea was that it would operate for 10 years. That period was later extended to 15 years. Well, on April 24, Hubble celebrated 23 years since launch, and the telescope is going as strong as ever.
The question become particularly intriguing when we realize that astronomers now estimate that the Milky Way galaxy alone may harbor as many as 4.5 billion Earth-sized planets in the "habitable zones" around their host stars.
Almost everyone would agree that the image of the radio galaxy Hercules A, taken by the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array radio telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, is beautiful.
I think everyone will agree that some of the images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are absolutely breathtaking. This fusion of evocative reality with artistic rendering is simply irresistible.
Hubble has been as big a revolution as was the first telescope built by Galileo in 1610. It has profoundly changed our view of the universe and our place in it. Now, 22 years into its life, it has outperformed even the most optimistic predictions of its builders.
In 1815, English geologist William Smith published the first geological map of Britain -- these findings formed the basis for theories the age of the Earth and were even a major contributor to Darwin's theory of evolution of the species.
In order to unify the theory of the large -- general relativity -- with the theory of the small -- quantum mechanics -- physicists had to examine the properties of spacetime on the tiniest scales. And here is where the problem arose.
Here's a month-by-month listing of events I'm excited for in 2012.
Tonight, while you're pondering, weak and weary... Oops! Wrong poem! Before you settle down for a long winter's nap, let me suggest something a lot ...