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2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, a global effort started by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO to help people rediscover their place in the universe. D4K honors this effort by exploring one of humanity's oldest sciences. In 1609, astronomer Galileo first used a telescope to study the stars. 400 years later, astronomers use a far more powerful tool, the Hubble Space Telescope. On this D4K, students have a chance to question one of NASA's leading Hubble Telescope scientists. Host Joan Cartan-Hansen will be joined by Kenneth Carpenter, Hubble Space Telescope Operations Project Scientist. Carpenter will be at the Goddard Space Flight Center and appears via satellite.

The guest scientist for "Astronomy" is:

  • Dr. Kenneth Carpenter, Hubble Space Telescope Operations Project Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA)
  • Learn more about our guest

Start your explorations here. Check out the interesting facts, links and resources. Send in a question for our experts to answer on our broadcast show. And watch the show on Idaho Public Television or here on the website.

Students can send their questions through email to D4K@idahoptv.org, fax them before the show to (208) 373-7245, or call in live during the program at (800) 973-9800. Students who send in a question are eligible to win a DVD player and DVDs for their classroom. Check out the details!

"Astronomy" airs Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm /1:00 pm MT/PT. You can also watch it here on the Web! After the broadcast, come here to watch all our "Astronomy"-related video.

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