The Hubble Space Telescope has made some of the most dramatic discoveries in the history of astronomy. From its vantage point 600km above the Earth, Hubble is able to capture images and spectra that would be difficult or impossible to obtain from the ground. This volume represents some of the most important scientific achievements of the Hubble Space Telescope in its first decade of operation. Written by world experts, the book covers topics ranging from our own solar system to cosmology. Chapters describe cutting edge discoveries in the study of Mars and Jupiter, of stellar birth and death, of star clusters, of the interstellar medium, of our own Milky Way Galaxy and of other galaxies, of supermassive black holes, and of the determination of cosmological parameters, including the age and ultimate fate of our universe. This is an indispensable collection of review articles for researchers and graduate students.
Mario Livio is Head of the Science Division at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Keith Noll is an Instrument Scientist on NICMOS (the Near Infrared Camera and Imaging Spectrograph). MassimoStiavelli is an Instrument Scientist on WFC3 (The Wide Field Camera 3).
1. HST studies of Mars J. F. Bell; 2. HST images of Jupiter's UV aurora J. T. Clarke; 3. Star formation J. Bally; 4. SN1987A: the birth of a supernova remnant R. McCray; 5. Globular clusters: the view from HST W. E. Harris; 6. Ultraviolet absorption line studies of the Galactic interstellar medium with the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph B. D. Savage; 7. HST's view of the center of the Milky Way galaxy M. J. Rieke; 8. Stellar populations in dwarf galaxies: a review of the contribution of HST to our understanding of the nearby universe E. Tolstoy; 9. The formation of star clusters B. C. Whitmore; 10. Starburst galaxies observed with the Hubble Space Telescope C. Leitherer; 11. Supermassive black holes F. D. Macchetto; 12. The HST Key Project to measure the Hubble Constant W. L. Freedman, R. C. Kennicutt, J. R. Mould and B. F. Madore; 13. Ho from Type Ia Supernovae G. A. Tammann, A. Sandage and A. Saha; 14. Strong gravitational lensing: cosmology from angels and redshifts A. Tyson.