Hubble Science: Multiwavelength Astronomy, The Big Picture

  • Released Friday, July 28, 2023

Until the 20th century, astronomers learned virtually all they knew about sources in the sky from only the tiny fraction of electromagnetic radiation that is visible to the eye.

However, as astronomers have discovered how to collect radiation outside this part of the spectrum, they have been able to learn much more about the universe. Many objects reveal different aspects of their composition and behavior at different wavelengths. Other objects are completely invisible at one wavelength, yet are clearly visible at another.

In this video, Dr. Padi Boyd explains the exciting future of multiwavelength astronomy and how important Hubble is to exploring the mysteries of the universe.

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Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Producer & Director: James Leigh

Editor: Lucy Lund

Director of Photography: James Ball

Additional Editing & Photography: Matthew Duncan

Executive Producers: James Leigh & Matthew Duncan

Production & Post: Origin Films

Video Credit:
Hubble Space Telescope Animation
Credit: M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble)

Electromagnetic Spectrum Graphic
Credit: NASA GSFC Conceptual Image Lab

James Webb Space Telescope Animation
Credit: NASA GSFC Conceptual Image Lab

Music Credit:
"Transcode" by Lee Groves [PRS], and Peter George Marett [PRS] via Universal Production Music

“Cosmic Call” by Immersive Music (Via Shutterstock Music)

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This page was originally published on Friday, July 28, 2023.
This page was last updated on Monday, April 3, 2023 at 4:49 PM EDT.


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