Meet Astronomer Dr. Wendy Freedman

Dr. Wendy Freedman is director of the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. She grew up in Ontario, Canada, and studied physics and astronomy at university. She also studied in the United States and has used some of the biggest and best telescopes in the world, like the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on top of the extinct volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Now she gets to use one of the most incredible telescopes of all-the Hubble Space Telescope.

One of Dr. Freedman’s interests is measuring the Hubble constant, which is the rate at which the universe is expanding. Knowing this rate of expansion will help us figure out the exact age of the universe.

"I was always interested in astronomy as a kid. Growing up in Northern Ontario, it was the dark sky that really got me fascinated with astronomy in the first place. It’s a particularly exciting time in astronomy now because we’re learning things about the universe that we never anticipated-new mysteries are surfacing. It’s a very exciting field.

I’m doing something that I love to do, and that would be my advice to anyone: find something that you love to do and pursue it, because there’s really nothing more rewarding."
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