The Hubble Space Telescope, named after astronomer Edwin Hubble, is one of the most successful scientific projects of all time.
Positioned outside the Earth's atmosphere it has significant advantages over ground-based telescopes — images are not blurred by the atmosphere, there is no background from light scattered by the air, and the Hubble can observe ultra-violet light that is normally absorbed by the ozone layer in observations made from Earth.
Since its launch in 1990, it has become one of the most important instruments in the history of astronomy. With it, astronomers have made many observations leading to breakthroughs in astrophysics.
In this lecture Dr. Tom Bogdan, Director of NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, outlines how space weather can affect our advanced technologies-based global economy.
NOAA is the US’ official source for space weather prediction, forecast, and warning services. It operates 24/7 and is one of a handful of National Critical Systems operated by the National Weather Service. Using real-time data from a variety of sources, NOAA’s staff provides space weather guidance that is critical for advanced technologies such as space exploration missions, telecommunications satellites, air transportation communications and the national power grid infrastructure.