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Astronomy Colloquium: Frank Summers

Date: Wed. October 14th, 2015, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Sears 552

Frank Summers (STScI)

Truth and Beauty in Astronomy Visualization

The presentation of complex scientific ideas demands both precision and detail. The interpretation of even graphical representations generally requires specialized knowledge. Public-level visuals are difficult, and risk becoming over-simplified cartoon versions.

Astronomy, however, has gained favor with the public for its awe-inspiring images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories. That visual splendor attracts a wide audience, creating a much smoother and natural entry into scientific topics.

Dr. Summers follows this path in creating astronomy visualizations that both engage and inform the public. In this talk, he will showcase compelling visuals and describe techniques used in creating sequences for educational materials, press releases, planetarium shows, and IMAX films.

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