The art behind NASA’s scientific space photos #ArtTuesday
The immaculate images you see coming from the JWST aren’t beamed in looking that good. It actually takes a lot of artistry to translate them into the images we all know and love. Alyssa Pagan is a big part of helping bring these images to life.
Fun story from The Verge that can also serve as a reminder there is science in art and vice versa!
Pagan calls the work a “collaboration” between data, aesthetic principles built up over decades of scientific study, and subjective taste. That collaboration is necessary for many reasons, not least the huge distances between Webb and the objects being observed. In order to see this far, JWST uses the infrared spectrum. Because people can’t see infrared, researchers like Pagan have to make choices about how to translate that data into something visible. By understanding these choices, viewers can decode much more information than just the beautiful image itself.
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