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  • Friday, September 23, 2016

Coloring the Universe: An Insider's View

An insider's view of how astronomical images are made, highlighted by IU advanced viz.

Event details

  • Date & time
    Friday, September 23, 2016
  • Location
    Cyberinfrastructure Building (CIB), 2709 E 10th St
    Multipurpose Room A (IQ-Wall)
    Indiana University Bloomington (IUB)

About this event

Everyone loves pictures of space. But have you ever wondered if that’s what they really look like? Or if the colors are real? For over twenty years professional astronomer Dr. Travis A. Rector has been making color images of space with some of the world’s largest telescopes. In a public talk, Professor Rector will share his stunning images of deep space as well as an insider’s perspective from the people who make them, describing how the images are produced and answering the most common questions the public has about space images. He’ll also share images and stories from his new book, called Coloring the Universe.

The talk also marks the opening of a digital exhibit of Professor Rector’s images, to be shown on the IQ Wall in the lobby of the Cyberinfrastructure building. The IQ Wall, with nearly 50 million pixels, displays the images at full resolution.

Bio: Dr. Travis A. Rector is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. Rector has used the giant telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory and Gemini Observatory to create color images to share the universe with the public. During that time he has created over 200 images, many of which are in his new book and will be shown in this talk.

Organized by : Themester at Indiana University

Themester is an IU College of Arts and Sciences project that explores an overarching theme each fall semester. Fall 2015 looks at work & labor.

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