The ‘Citizen Scientist’ Turning Webb Telescope Data Into Stunning Images

Those amazing images from the James Webb Space Telescope we’ve all been collectively ooh-ing and aah-ing over the images from the James Webb Space Telescope have had a lot of help. In particular, citizen scientist Judy Schmidt has been a superstar when it comes to aiding in the creation of these historic images. Here’s more from ArtNet:

Despite not having a formal astronomy education, [Judy Schmidt] has been doing astronomical image processing using NASA data for years. She started out a decade ago by entering a contest to find “Hubble’s Hidden Treasures,” creating images from unprocessed Hubble data, and was shocked to win third place. It was the beginning of a new passion for Schmidt, who was even profiled on the space agency’s website in 2018.

“Something about it just stuck with me, and I can’t stop,” Schmidt said in a statement. “I try to get it to look natural, even if it’s not anything close to what your eye can see.”

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