Hubble Space Telescope - Introduction
For as long as people have looked
up into the night sky, they have tried to understand the heavens. The
earliest human civilizations interpreted the movements of the planets
and stars, the occurrence of shooting stars, supernovas,
and comets, and other astronomical events as the activities of supernatural
beings. By several thousand years ago, people figured out that planets
and stars moved in regular patterns, the beginning of the science of astronomy.
The modern science of astronomy got a real boost with the development
of optics and telescopes in Europe in the 18th
century. Rather than relying on their eyes alone, people were able to
examine objects in the sky in more detail.