Astrophysicist and universe photographer Dr. Travis Rector of the University of Alaska Anchorage will deliver a talk, “Coloring the Universe: An Insider’s View of How Astronomical Images are Made,” on September 20. Professor Rector will share his stunning images of deep space and discuss how these images are made.
Throughout his career, Professor Rector created over 300 color images of the universe and co-authored the book, “Coloring the Universe.” He has used giant telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, and Gemini Observatory.
“Telescopes like the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, and dozens of telescopes on the ground have yielded so many iconic images that capture public imagination and inspire us to know more,” said Dr. Catherine Pilachowski, IU Distinguished Professor of Astronomy. “I hope students will gain a deeper understanding of what the images represent and of how the images reveal a true understanding of the physical reality of our universe.”