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Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime

Elizabeth A. Kessler

Abstract

The vividly colored, exquisitely detailed, and dramatically lit Hubble Space Telescope images now define how we visualize the cosmos. They do not look like older photographs of the stars nor are they anything like what one sees on a dark night. Yet they appear to present the universe as one might see it, previewing what space explorers and tourists could experience when manned space travel extends humanity’s reach beyond the earth’s orbit. Improved technology, a telescope orbiting high above the earth’s atmosphere and sensitive digital cameras, can seem like an adequate explanation for the bri ... More

Keywords: Hubble Space Telescope, astronomy, art history, visual culture, cultural studies, American studies, History of science, Media studies, Sublime, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816679560
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679560.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth A. Kessler, author