Imagine if your company had just built a billion-dollar gadget that — oops! — had a huge, unidentified flaw. Imagine that they then put even more money and energy into fixing that flaw. If at that point you asked to completely take over that brand-new, just-repaired gadget for days on end in order to do, well, basically nothing, your coworkers would probably think you had lost your mind. That's exactly the situation astronomer Robert Williams was in in 1995 when he asked to point the Hubble Space Telescope at an empty patch of sky. If he hadn't made such a brazen choice, who knows where our understanding of the universe would be today?
Staring Into the Void
The 1995 Hubble Photo That Changed Astronomy
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Written by Ashley Hamer April 20, 2018
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