NSN Webinar: Coloring the Universe

NSN Webinar: Coloring the Universe

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
NSN members joined Dr. Travis Rector on December 14, 2016 as he detailed how we have come to see the universe in color in our age of high-end astronomical equipment.  The recording is available to watch below or directly on YouTube.

With a fleet of telescopes in space and giant observatories on the ground, professional astronomers produce hundreds of spectacular images of space every year. These colorful pictures have become infused into popular culture; we find them on billboards, in commercials, and on our computers. But they also invite questions: Is this what outer space really looks like? Are the colors real? How are these images made? Coloring the Universe uses accessible language to describe how these giant telescopes work, what scientists learn with them, and how they are used to make color images. Both informative and beautiful, during this presentation Dr. Rector will show us brilliant images of deep space as well as an insider’s perspective about how they were made.

About Travis Rector

Dr. Travis A. Rector is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  For over 20 years he has been creating astronomical images using some of the largest telescopes in the world, including those at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, and the giant 8-meter telescopes of the Gemini Observatory.  His work has been featured in, e.g., National Geographic magazine, the New York Times, Sky and Telescope magazine and Astronomy magazine.  

Have you ever wanted to make your own images of space? Dr. Rector has created a tutorial to demonstrate how astronomical images are created by professional observatories such as at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Gemini Observatory, and the Hubble Space Telescope. In the tutorial, learn how to make an image of M33 (the Triangulum Galaxy) as well as M16 (the Eagle Nebula).  

Tutorial on making color images of space

Last Updated: December 16, 2016

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Webinar Recording: Colors of the Universe

The video recording of the member's webinar with Dr. Rector and image processing of astronomical images.

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