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Edwin Hubble

Birthdate: 20. November 1889
Date of death: 28. September 1953

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Edwin Powell Hubble was an American astronomer. He played a crucial role in establishing the fields of extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology and is regarded as one of the most important astronomers of all time.Hubble discovered that many objects previously thought to be clouds of dust and gas and classified as "nebulae" were actually galaxies beyond the Milky Way. He used the strong direct relationship between a classical Cepheid variable's luminosity and pulsation period for scaling galactic and extragalactic distances.Hubble provided evidence that the recessional velocity of a galaxy increases with its distance from the earth, a property now known as "Hubble's law", despite the fact that it had been both proposed and demonstrated observationally two years earlier by Georges Lemaître. Hubble's Law implies that the universe is expanding. A decade before, the American astronomer Vesto Slipher had provided the first evidence that the light from many of these nebulae was strongly red-shifted, indicative of high recession velocities.Hubble's name is most widely recognized for the Hubble Space Telescope which was named in his honor, with a model prominently displayed in his hometown of Marshfield, Missouri.

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Quotes Edwin Hubble

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„She deserved the Nobel Prize for her work.“

—  Edwin Hubble
Often said by Hubble about Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

„I chucked the law for astronomy, and I knew that even if I were second-rate or third-rate, it was astronomy that mattered.“

—  Edwin Hubble
Attributed, as quoted by [N. Y. Mayall, Biographical memoir. Volume 41, Memoirs of the National Academy of sciences, National Academy of Sciences (U.S.), National Academy of Sciences, 1970, 179]

„Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.“

—  Edwin Hubble
[Hubble, Edwin, 1929, May, The Exploration of Space, Harper's Magazine, 158, 732]

„The whole thing is so much bigger than I am, and I can't understand it, so I just trust myself to it; and forget about it.“

—  Edwin Hubble
Hubble's reply when asked about his beliefs from a friend, as quoted in Edwin Hubble: Mariner of the Nebulae (1996) by Gale E. Christianson, p. 183.

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