Hubble’s Canvas – Volume One &Two

See the story of one of humankind’s most stunning scientific achievements. The Hubble Space Telescope has created striking images of breathtaking beauty that form a direct connection between the human spirit and nature’s most powerful forces.
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Space, the final frontier, comes into focus for the armchair astronaut with Hubble’s Canvas, a series of 30-minute programs that reveal the artistry and explains the science of outer space. Hubble’s Canvas is narrated by noted astronomy columnist Ivan Semeniuk.

From its lofty perch high above earth’s atmosphere, the Hubble Space Telescope can see both nearby and distant objects with unwavering clarity. With its breathtaking views of deep space the Hubble Space Telescope bridges the separate domains of art and science. Its images form a direct connection between the human spirit and the most powerful forces of nature.

The remarkable story of one of humankind’s most stunning scientific achievements, Hubble’s Canvas provides key insights and showcases striking images of breathtaking beauty.

This two disc set with all six 30-minute episodes of the Hubble's Canvas series and includes:

Disc One:
Episode 1: Eye of the Beholder & Universe in Bloom Hubble was created to dispense with the biggest problem in astronomy, the interference caused by earth’s atmosphere. The project was almost a failure because of a fatal problem with the camera, but a daring rescue turned a billion dollar failure into the most stunning instrument ever created for studying the universe.

Monet had his water lilies, Hubble has its planetary nebula, the most colorful, delicate and beautiful objects in the universe. Each of these cosmic butterflies is composed of a puff of gas, expelled and illuminated by a dying star.

Episode 2: Painted by Light & Masterpiece
The universe paints pictures with light, so to understand what a Hubble picture can reveal about the universe, it’s necessary to understand how light is emitted, absorbed and reflected by stars, gas and dust. Light can even echo like sound, illuminating different parts of a dust cloud at different times.

This is the best look at the single largest Hubble image ever acquired, the giant mosaic of the Orion Nebula. It’s the nearest star-forming region, a place where stars and planets are being born before our eyes.

Episode 3: Colour & Violent Endings
Every Hubble image begins in black and white, so why are Hubble’s pictures so colorful? The telescope has a wide range of filters that can be assigned different colors. Sometimes they are assigned to be as close as possible to what the human eye sees and sometimes they are made to look vivid and unnatural to bring out hidden detail. This segment shows how those vivid hues actually tell us what the universe is made of.

Not all stars will bow out gracefully. The largest stars explode with a terrifying force and briefly shine like beacons across the universe. A supernova’s swift burst of incredible energy forges the entire universe’s supply of precious metals like gold, silver and platinum.

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Episode 4: Cosmic Perspective & Etched in Time
Our ancestors thought the sky was flat, but we now know it as a place of infinite depth. Only Hubble can make the jump across those huge distances with stunning clarity. This is an outward-bound journey from “here to infinity” showing all the scales where Hubble operates.

Hubble not only looks out into space, it looks back in time. The further light travels to reach the telescope the further back in time we see the object that emitted the light. With the long exposure Ultra Deep Field, Hubble can actually look to the time when the galaxies were still assembling.

Episode 5: Grand Design & Stretching the Canvas
The forces of nature, operating at large and small scales create a universe of symmetry and form. Now we consider the interplay of those forces in creating structures as dramatic as Saturn’s rings and the Whirlpool Galaxy, a classic example of a grand design spiral.

The matter we see, both the bright stars and gas and the dark dust, is really just the tip of the iceberg. By watching how galaxies rotate, astronomers realized there must be something else there that is invisible but exerts a powerful gravitational pull. This is dark matter. The Hubble Space Telescope not only has allowed us to learn more about dark matter, but about dark energy, the mysterious force that is causing the universe to accelerate outwards.

Episode 6: Vanishing Points & Still Life?
There are monsters loose in the cosmos, giant black holes that devour matter and spit out high-speed jets of atoms. These monster black holes offer our best chance to study how the laws of physics operate under the most extreme circumstances.

Hubble has revealed a universe of stirring beauty, one that seems tailor made to produce creatures that can view and enjoy it. Hubble is paving the way to our discovery of new planets, and setting the stage for one of the biggest discoveries in astronomy expected in the next generation, namely, the discovery of other planets like Earth. Individual Discs Also Available

Hubbles Canvas Vol1Hubble’s Canvas (Volume One)
See the story of one of humankind’s most stunning scientific achievements. The Hubble Space Telescope has created striking images of breathtaking beauty that form a direct connection between the human spirit and nature’s most powerful forces.
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Hubbles Canvas Vol2Hubble’s Canvas (Volume Two)
See the story of one of humankind’s most stunning scientific achievements. The Hubble Space Telescope has created striking images of breathtaking beauty that form a direct connection between the human spirit and nature’s most powerful forces.
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