Astronomer Travis Rector on the Aesthetics of Astronomy

2009-05-04 by

Astronomers use large telescopes to study distant planets, stars and galaxies. Scientists pore over the data and images that arrive through these telescopes to learn as much as they can about distant objects and the workings and mysteries of space.

Because of technological improvements in deep-space observation over the past few decades, the images that astronomers have been working with have also proven to be stunningly beautiful.

Dr. Travis A. Rector, an assistant professor in the UAA Department of Physics and Astronomy, discusses these images in a unique type of show entitled “The Aesthetics of Astronomy.”

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Astrophysics and Astrophotography
Find the images that Dr. Rector discusses in this talk on his Web site under Deep Sky images.

Dr. Travis Rector: images of unseen phenomena part 2

2008-03-06 by

In this podcast, follow along as Dr. Rector as he discusses specific images located on his Web site at Listen as he describes specific techniques used on various images on his site.

This is the second part of a two-part podcast.

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Dr. Travis Rector: images of unseen phenomena part 1

2008-03-05 by

The UAA Office of Advancement recently spent an hour with Dr. Travis Rector, an astronomer and professor at UAA, discussing the fascinating work of creating images of things the human eye can not detect. Dr. Rector’s work involves imaging super novas, galaxies and other celestial phenomena. Rector discusses his work and processes in this first podcast.

Visit Rector’s Web site at to view his imaging work and for additional information.

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