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Hubble's Canvas - Volume One (Institutions)


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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.

Disc One includes the first three episodes of this series and includes:

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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NTSC widescreen 16:9
TRT: 78-minutes

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