ARCHIVE: Understanding Astrophotography: Where Science and Art Meet
Recorded: Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm EST
Duration: 50 minutes
Learn how to access the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network operated by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Just like professional astronomers, you and your students can remotely control the telescopes over the internet, and use image processing software to enhance, colorize, and analyze your own images of Solar System objects, stars, nebulas, and galaxies. The beautiful images of space that come back from remote observatories like NASA’s Hubble and Chandra space telescopes start out as just a stream of 1′s and 0′s — digital data from the telescope’s electronic detectors. It takes scientific, mathematical, computational, AND artistic skills to create compelling visual images from this data.
In this session, you’ll meet Joe DePasquale, Smithsonian Science Imager for the Chandra X-ray Observatory, who will show you how he transforms raw data from NASA’s telescopes into gorgeous science images that tell a story about the universe. Mary Dussault, Instructional Systems Specialist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, will show you how to use the MicroObservatory telescope network and imaging software to create your own Astrophotography masterpieces. These telescopes are available for free to anyone with an email address, and can be used for all sorts of investigations in astronomy.
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Joe has shifted focus to astronomical imaging in the position of Science Imager for Chandra's Education and Public Outreach department. Joe gives frequent public talks on the art of image processing in astronomy as well as on the importance of descriptive metadata in outreach astronomy.