Consulate General of Philadelphia and IIC of New York
Antonella Nota is an astronomer with the European Space Agency, at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where she is the Head of the ESA Office. In this role, she is the senior ESA representative for the team and is responsible for Hubble outreach efforts in Europe, which includes the dissemination of the observatory’s results and communications with the public. She also directs all science policies and scientific communications that support the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in Europe.
Born in Venice, Italy, Antonella Nota completed her studies at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Padova, and moved to the US in 1986. She studies young stellar clusters, in the Milky Way and neighbors, mostly with Hubble and ground-based telescopes, because she is interested to know how stars and clusters form.
She strongly advocates combining art and science to spark the curiosity of the public, which has led to several successful partnerships with artists and curators. For example, in collaboration with German artist Tim Otto Roth, she contributed to “From the Distant Past,” which projected signals from distant galaxies observed by Hubble on the façades of buildings in Venice, Italy, New York City, and Baltimore, Maryland. She has also collaborated with curator and historian Anna Caterina Bellati to produce “Our Place In Space”, a science and art exhibit shown in Venice and Chiavenna, where 10 prominent Italian artists were asked to interpret Hubble images.
Antonella Nota has published more than 200 articles in astronomical journals and books and contributed to numerous press releases and science announcements. She is a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and L’Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (IVSLA). She joined ISSNAF in 2020.
Exploring the Universe: the 30-year impact of the Hubble Space Telescope on science and society
Refurbished in orbit by astronauts five times, the Hubble Space Telescope (Hubble) is more powerful and innovative than ever. As we celebrate its splendid 30 years in orbit, and three decades of scientific discoveries, Hubble continues its relentless investigation into a broad range of astrophysical objects and phenomena, ranging from our own Solar System to the most distant galaxies, to the distribution of dark matter in galaxies and clusters, from the characterization of the atmospheres of newly discovered exoplanets, to the precise studies of relative motions of nearby stars, to tracing the expansion of the Universe. Working in synergy with other observatories, from the ground and space, Hubble continues to be a prominent presence on the astronomical discovery scene and its observing time is in high community demand.
Not only has Hubble transformed our knowledge of the Universe but it has greatly impacted culture, society and art for three decades. Hubble has broadened the reach of astronomical research, a science that for years was perceived to be reserved to a privileged few, and made it a resource available to all. It has brought the Universe to our houses, and is continuing to inspire generations of students. Hubble has become a presence that belongs to all, the “people’s telescope”. Its beautiful images connect directly with our souls, sparking the big questions that humanity has been pondering in the centuries: where do we come from? Are we alone in are we alone in the Universe? What is our place in space?