Carroll stargazer one of few to use Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope has been gazing into deep and distant outer space and creating striking images for 25 years but in all that time it has been mostly professional scientists who have had the opportunity to train the Hubble's mirrors on distant objects. Only a select handful of amateur astronomers have had a chance to use the Hubble during its decades in orbit, and one of them, Ray Sterner, is from Carroll County. Sterner, who lives in Woodbine, used the Hubble to make several long exposures of a very distant cluster of galaxies in 1992. He also is a member of the Westminster Astronomical Society, placing him in very elite company, according to Skip Bird, outreach director for...