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King University Professor Raymond Bloomer to Speak on the Hubble Space Telescope at ETSU Kingsport March 15

Ray BloomerBRISTOL, Tenn., March 13, 2017 – Dr. Raymond H. Bloomer Jr., emeritus professor of Physics and Astronomy at King University, will speak at ETSU’s Kingsport campus, located 1500 University Blvd, in Kingsport, on Wednesday, March 15 at 10 a.m. The event it is sponsored by the Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning.

Bloomer’s lecture will focus on “The Hubble Space Telescope and Modern Astronomy Findings.” Of his talk, he said, “Most people today anywhere in the world who have any communication at all have heard of and perhaps seen [beautiful] images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble has been orbiting the earth for 26 years next month.”

In addition to sharing images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, Bloomer will discuss them, why they are important to science, and what has been learned as a result. “I begin with some of the history of the telescope and when it was launched. I will also discuss some of Hubble’s problems such as when its glasses, or mirrors, were out of focus. NASA sent the Space Shuttle on a special mission to repair some of the optics.”

Recent news stories have discussed the discovery of several exoplanets. “I will spend some time discussing exoplanets. Planets are those which orbit our sun. Exoplanets are planets orbiting a different star. There have been 3,500 exoplanets confirmed, however, scientists have not confirmed a twin planet for the Earth.”

The event is free and open to the public.


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