OCTOBER 7, LOS ANGELES
One October evening in 1923, perched at the foot of the era’s most powerful telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory in California, Edwin Hubble took a 45-minute exposure of Andromeda, which was then thought to be one of many spiral nebulae in our own Milky Way galaxy, widely considered the only one. As he examined the photograph, drawing on Henrietta Leavitt’s work, Hubble discovered that Andromeda was a whole other galaxy far beyond the edge of the then-known universe. This was the beginning of his groundbreaking work demonstrating not only that the universe was much bigger than previously thought, but that it is growing bigger and bigger by the moment.
On October 7, I sit down with my astronomer friend and Universe in Verse collaborator Natalie Batalha to reverence the poetics of science as part of a larger centennial celebration of Hubble’s epochal discovery, hosted by Carnegie Observatories and LACMA. Join us:
DATE: October 7, 2023
LOCATION: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036