Truth and Beauty in Astronomy Visualization
Dr. Frank Summers
Space Telescope Science Institute
Thursday, March 6, 2014 · 7-8 PM
ECJ 1.202 [map]
The University of Texas at Austin
The presentation of complex scientific ideas demands
both precision and detail. The interpretation of even
graphical representations generally requires
specialized knowledge. Public-level visuals are
difficult, and risk becoming over-simplified cartoon
versions. Astronomy, however, has gained favor with
the public for its awe-inspiring images from the
Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories.
That visual splendor attracts a wide audience,
creating a much smoother and natural entry into
Dr. Summers follows this path in creating astronomy
visualizations that both engage and inform the public.
In this talk, he will showcase compelling visuals and
describe techniques used in creating sequences for
educational materials, press releases, planetarium
shows, and IMAX films.
If beauty is truth, and truth beauty, you won't want to
miss this event.
Dr. Frank Summers is an astrophysicist who creates
dynamic, informative, and artistic presentations of
astronomy for the public. His work at the Space
Telescope Science Institute brings the wonders of
the Hubble Space Telescope to life in the news
media, the internet, classrooms, planetariums,
television, and film.
Dr. Summers specializes in cinematic scientific
visualizations which combine research data with
Hollywood computer graphics to make astronomical
sequences that are both accurate and aesthetic. Of
note, Dr. Summers was a writer, science advisor,
and scientific visualization supervisor on the IMAX
film "Hubble 3D". Before he was a professional
astronomer, Dr. Summers was nationally-ranked in
competitive ice dancing.
Sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin Department of Astronomy and the Texas Advanced Computing Center