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Portrait of the astronomer Edwin Hubble.

Portrait of the astronomer Edwin Hubble.

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Edwin Hubble (1889-1953), the American astronomer cosmologist, athlete and boxer. In 1923, while using the 100-inch telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory where he worked for most of his life, he observed Cepheid variable stars in the Andromeda galaxy. This and further work proved the existence of galaxies outside of our own. He went on to introduce the classification of galaxies as spirals, barred spirals and ellipticals. In 1929 he announced Hubble's law, that is, that the galaxies are moving apart at a rate that increases with their distance.

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