Explore the Universe Audio Tour

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# Question Spoken By

1

Introduction to the gallery (brief version)

Exhibit Curator David Devorkin

2

Introduction to the gallery (extended version)

Exhibit Curator David Devorkin

3

What did Johannes Kepler find out about planetary orbits?

Astronomer Jay Pasachoff

4

What is this man doing?

Astronomer Jay Pasachoff

5

Where are Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus?

Educator Katie Nagy

10

Did Galileo use the telescope to prove that the Earth moves around the Sun?

Astronomer Owen Gingerich

11

What are some of the telescope's greatest contributions to astronomy?

Astronomer Owen Gingerich

12

Who invented the telescope?

Educator Beth Wilson

13

How did Herschel make his map of the Milky Way?

Educator Beth Wilson

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What was Henrietta Swan Leavitt's great discovery?

Educator Beth Wilson

21

How does this blink comparator work?

Educator Beth Wilson

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Do astronomers today use blink comparators?

Educator Beth Wilson

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Who used this instrument?

 

Educator Shauna Edson

40

What am I looking at?

Educator Beth Wilson

41

What is a pigeon doing here?

Exhibit Designer Rebekah Brockway and Educator Katie Nagy

42

What did COBE tell us about the birth of the Universe?

Astronomer John Mather

43

What are you working on now?

Astronomer John Mather

44

How does someone get to use a big telescope?

Astronomer Caty Pilachowski

45

What's it like to observe at the Mayall Telescope?

Astronomer Caty Pilachowski

46

What research are you doing now?

Astronomer Caty Pilachowski

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How do astronomers today use Johannes Kepler's findings about planetary orbits?

Astronomer Jay Pasachoff

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Why can I see right through this telescope mirror? (brief version)

Exhibit Curator David Devorkin

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Why can I see right through this telescope mirror? (extended version)

Exhibit Curator David Devorkin

51

What made it possible for you to make the discovery?

Astronomer Vera Rubin

52

Is being a woman in astronomy an issue for you today?

Astronomer Vera Rubin

53

What led you to study the large-scale structure of the Universe?

Astronomer Margaret Geller

54

How did you make this map?

Astronomer Margaret Geller

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What questions are there still about the largest structures?

Astronomer Margaret Geller

56

Why did you build this camera?

Astronomer Tony Tyson

57

How did this camera contribute to the discovery of dark energy?

Astronomer Tony Tyson

60

When did you first want to become an astronaut?

Astronaut John Grunsfeld

61

How many times have you been to the Hubble Space Telescope?

Astronaut John Grunsfeld

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What is your responsibility during this mission?

Astronaut John Grunsfeld

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What are you taking on this historic flight?

Astronaut John Grunsfeld

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Why does the Wide Field Camera have all these holes in it?

Astronaut John Grunsfeld