Date(s) - 21 Dec 2020 until 21 Dec 2020
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Paul Mortfield will give an illustrated talk that presents the techniques and challenges astronomers have when imaging the universe, and creating wondrous photographs that are literally out of this world. A session on “Tips and Tricks” will also be included in this online meeting. Following the meeting, we will move in to small breakout rooms to socialize.
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Paul Mortfield is a scientist and educator who has taught Astronomy, Natural Science and computing at colleges in the USA and Canada. He has worked on several NASA spacecraft missions studying the Sun and Moon. Paul has hosted a variety of educational broadcasts on NASA-TV, presented at TEDx, and is a regular television commentator on astronomical events. He is a former Director of the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill, which houses the largest optical telescope in Canada. He is also involved in several radio astronomy projects.
Paul’s photographs of space have appeared in magazines, calendars and NASA educational materials. They have also been displayed in science centers and venues in North America, Europe and Asia. Paul has discovered several asteroids, one of which he named for his wife.
Nearly two centuries after the earliest photographs were taken of the sky, astronomers continue to capture faint starlight to probe the edge of the known universe. These images have been used to understand the physical workings of the cosmos and to fuel our desire to gaze out beyond our small planet.
This illustrated talk will present the techniques and challenges astronomers have when imaging the universe, and creating wondrous photographs that are literally out of this world.