Truth and Beauty in Astronomy Visualization

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Dr. Frank Summers, Space Telescope Science Institute

In the development of astronomy imagery for the public, the scientific emphasis on fidelity can often seem at cross-purposes to artistic expression. As an astrophysicist who creates visualizations, Dr. Summers not only confronts this dichotomy daily, but also delights in the challenge of combining accuracy and aesthetics. This talk will showcase compelling visuals and describe techniques used in creating sequences for educational materials, press releases,planetarium shows, and IMAX films. Come experience the transformation of Hubble images and data into cinematic sequences, with an emphasis on the compromises made and the flourishes enabled when paying homage to the twin ideals of truth and beauty.

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