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NASA Schedules Hubble Science Update For May 31

May 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA will host a Science Update Thursday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. EDT to discuss new Hubble Space Telescope observations that allow astronomers to predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our entire galaxy, sun, and solar system.

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The news conference will be held in NASA Headquarters’ James E. Webb Auditorium at 300 E St. SW in Washington and be shown live on NASA Television and on the agency’s website.

It has been known for a long time that the Andromeda galaxy is approaching us. Because of uncertainties in Andromeda’s motion, it has not been possible to determine whether the Milky Way will have a head-on collision or glancing blow with the neighboring galaxy billions of years in the future. Hubble’s precise observations will settle this question.

The briefing participants are:

– Roeland van der Marel, astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
– Sangmo Tony Sohn, astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore
– Rosemary Wyse, professor, Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
– John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington

Following the news conference, the panelists also will host a web chat at 3 p.m. to answer questions from the general public. Participate by visiting:


For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:


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