The Surprising Ways Art Has Advanced Astronomy #ArtTuesday
Art and astronomy have quietly been working hand in hand for centuries. From stunning digital images to detailed hand drawn diagrams the galaxies above have inspired the artist in the scientist and vise-versa.
In the era before digital CCD cameras and their predecessors, photographic plates, astronomers were required to be artists. Today, whenever an image is taken of the cosmos, it’s initially a monochromatic freeze-frame, and it takes careful layering and palette selection to bring images like the Pillars of Creation to life.
Using computer simulations of the structure of the universe, Diemer and Facio build solid models using three-dimensional printing that show how filaments of gas and dark matter connect massive clusters of galaxies — what astronomers call the cosmic web. The models show wall-like features that can’t be seen in two dimensions.
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