Focusing the Universe

Focusing the Universe tells part of the story of modern astronomy by detailing the development of Steward Observatory.

Focusing the Universe tells part of the story of modern astronomy by detailing the development of Steward Observatory. From stars observed through one telescope in Tucson, to the construction of the largest telescope mirrors for the largest earth-based telescope, to precision cameras launched into space to search for the origins of the big bang, astronomers linked to Steward Observatory have made significant world-wide contributions to the exploration of the universe. The program features two timely and relevant astronomical developments; the launch of the James Webb Space telescope (designed to search for the origins of the Big Bang) set for launch March 30, 2021 and the creation of mirrors for the Giant Magellan telescope (set to be the largest terrestrial telescope when it gathers first light in 2021).

EXPIRES: 1/8/2022

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Focusing The Universe, Part 1
Focusing The Universe, Part 1

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EXPIRES: 1/8/2022 Throughout most of human history, it was believed that the Milky Way was the only solar system in the universe. However, with improvements in telescope technology, we can now see...
Focusing The Universe, Part 2
Focusing The Universe, Part 2

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EXPIRES: 1/8/2022 New global realities brought about by World War II and the Cold War drastically changed the field of science, including astronomy. Steward Observatory would play a prominent role in...
Focusing The Universe, Part 3
Focusing The Universe, Part 3

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EXPIRES: 1/8/2022 Peter Strittmatter, the new director of Steward Observatory, helped dramatically increase the power of ground-based telescopes in the early 1970’s. Strittmatter’s vision transformed...

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