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Astronomy Beat

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Astronomy Beat is a monthly, on-line column written by “insiders” from the worlds of astronomy research and outreach.

Current issue: June 30, 2016

Dreams and Adventures: The Edwin Hubble Story
William and Doris Martin

This month, the ASP announced Dr. Andrew Fabian as the recipient of the 2016 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal for his lifetime of outstanding achievement and contributions to high-energy astrophysics. Fabian joins an illustrious group of previous awardees including Edwin Hubble who received the Bruce Gold Medal in 1938. Hubble received the medal for his discovery of the linear relationship between a galaxy’s distance and speed. What we know about the expansion of the universe comes from Hubble’s groundbreaking achievement. In this issue of Astronomy Beat, authors William and Doris Martin offer fascinating insights into Edwin Hubble’s childhood and early days as a college student struggling between his father’s desire for him to become a lawyer and his own passion for astronomy. Enjoy this edited excerpt from their new book written especially for children and adolescents who, like Hubble, may be curious about the stars and wonder where their passion for astronomy might take them.

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In 2014, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific celebrates its 125th anniversary year of communicating and educating about the universe around us. But back in 1889, the universe seemed a very different place–simpler, but perhaps no less mysterious. Jim Manning, departing executive director, takes a long moment to look the state of astronomy and the cosmos at the time of the Society’s founding, and how things have changed since then in the February 2014 issue of Astronomy Beat. Join him for a peek at the universe “125 years ago today.”

With our compliments, please enjoy the June 2013 issue of Astronomy Beat featuring Nancy Roman, an early pioneer in paving the way for female scientists at NASA. Among other accomplishments, and because of her tireless efforts in support of a space-based observatory, Nancy Roman is often considered the “mother” of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Download the following sample Astronomy Beat columns FREE to see what the series is like.

The Discovery of Pluto
by Clyde Tombaugh

The Discovery of the First Gravitational Lenses
by Ray Weymann

Origins of the Drake Equation
by Frank Drake and Dava Sobel

Stargazing Centaurs: The Astronomy of Harry Potter
by Kristine Larsen

And the Sun Stood Still: Dramatizing Copernicus
by Dava Sobel

How to Catch a Moon or Two of Pluto
by Mark R. Showalter