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Ambivalent Astronomers and the Embrace of Hubble Images

Elizabeth A. Kessler

in Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679560
eISBN:
9781452947914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679560.003.0003
Subject:
Art, Photography

The second chapter explores the sometimes ambivalent of attitudes of astronomers toward visual representations as it tells the history of the Hubble Space Telescope from its earliest planning stages ... More


Astrophysical Lasers

Vladilen Letokhov and Sveneric Johansson

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199548279
eISBN:
9780191720512
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548279.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Progress in modern radio astronomy led to the discovery of space masers in the microwave range, and it became a powerful tool for studies of interstellar star-forming molecular clouds. Progress in ... More


Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime

Elizabeth A. Kessler

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679560
eISBN:
9781452947914
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679560.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Photography

The vividly colored, exquisitely detailed, and dramatically lit Hubble Space Telescope images now define how we visualize the cosmos. They do not look like older photographs of the stars nor are they ... More


Astronomy’s Romantic Landscapes

Elizabeth A. Kessler

in Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679560
eISBN:
9781452947914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679560.003.0001
Subject:
Art, Photography

My book focuses on the images from the Hubble Space Telescope: their appearance, their production, and their position within the history of scientific and artistic representation. It reads the images ... More


The Astronomical Sublime and the American West

Elizabeth A. Kessler

in Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679560
eISBN:
9781452947914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679560.003.0002
Subject:
Art, Photography

The first chapter explores the visual parallels between the Hubble images and nineteenth-century views of the American West by artists. Through these visual allusions, Hubble images evoke not only a ... More


Translating Data Into Pretty Pictures

Elizabeth A. Kessler

in Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679560
eISBN:
9781452947914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679560.003.0004
Subject:
Art, Photography

The third chapter focuses on the crafting of Hubble images, a process of translating digital data into legible images. Astronomers make choices about light, color and composition in an effort to ... More


From Unknown Frontiers to Familiar Places

Elizabeth A. Kessler

in Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679560
eISBN:
9781452947914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679560.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Photography

The fourth chapter takes up how and why the Western landscape serves as such a compelling model for the Hubble images, considering the historical, metaphoric, and phenomenological implications of the ... More


Surveys of High-Redshift Galaxies

Abraham Loeb and Steven R. Furlanetto

in The First Galaxies in the Universe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144917
eISBN:
9781400845606
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144917.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter details the study of high-redshift galaxies. It first outlines the telescopes used for observing these galaxies: the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and its follow ups, as well as the ... More


A Very Distant and Peaceful Star

Elizabeth A. Kessler

in Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679560
eISBN:
9781452947914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679560.003.0006
Subject:
Art, Photography

As way of closing, I would like to consider a short story by the writer and chemist Primo Levi. “A Tranquil Star” is, as its author suggests, “a fable that awakens echoes, and in which each of us can ... More


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