|3, October, 2011|
|Astronomy Magazine Includes 4 Images in 100 Greatest PIctures of the Year 2011
|1, October, 2011|
|Wikipedia page released
A page with my biography and modest contributions to astronomy has been released on Wikipedia.
|29, September, 2011|
|NGC 3521 backdrops official ISS Expedition 30 crew portrait
NASA selected this picture of NGC 3521 (the Bubble galaxy) as the backdrop image for the official crew portrait of Expedition 30 to the International Space Station.
|15, September, 2011|
|NGC 5907 published in the journal Nature
This image of NGC 5907 illustrated a News & Views article titled Rough Times in the Galactic Neighborhood by Curtis Struck (Vol 477 Number 7364, September 15, 2011, pages 286- 287) in the journal Nature.
|25, May, 2011|
|New scientific collaboration submitted to Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS)
A wide Chandra view of the core of the Perseus cluster
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An international team of professional astronomers, led by Prof. Andrew C. Fabian ( Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK) has submitted a paper for publication featuring new Chandra images of X-ray emissions from the core of the Perseus galaxy cluster. This image and a description about its production were included.
|15, May, 2011|
|New scientific collaboration published
Good Science with Modest Instruments
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Presented on May 23, 2011 at the Society of Astronomical Sciences Symposium in Big Bear Lake, California, this paper summarizes the benefits of conducting astronomical research with off the shelf equipment and a motivated team of professionals and amateurs. This paper was written in collaboration with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado, MPIA.
|12, May, 2011|
|Eta Carinae Makes the Cover of Astronomy Magazine's Spectacular Universe
This image of Eta Carinae was selected for the cover of Astronomy's Spectacular Universe special edition.
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|21, April, 2011|
|Article published in June 2011 Sky and Telescope
Layering Image Contrast
This article in the June issue of Sky and Telescope discusses a novel technique I use to exaggerate contrast and make structures more apparaent in astronomical images. See pages 72- 75.
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|1, March, 2011|
|M83 makes the cover of the UK's AstronomyNow March 2011 edition
Run the Messier Marathon
This image of M83 was selected for the cover of the UK's largest selling astronomy magazine for the March 2011 issue.
|10, January, 2011|
2010 AAS Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award
I have the extreme honor of being named the recipient of the 2010 AAS Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award for my work with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado and his international team of professional astronomers!
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|2, January, 2011|
|Article published in January 2011 issue of Astronomy Now
Gearheads- Remote Viewing
This article about remote observatory operation has been published in the January 2011 issue of Astronomy Now- pages 84- 85.
|25, December, 2010|
|M63 Collaboration featured on Official MPIA 2010 Christmas Card
Season's Greeting and all the best for the New Year!
This image from the recent collaborative investigation with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado (MPIA) was selected to adorn the front of the 2010 Official Christmas Card from the Max-Plank-Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg.
|15, December, 2010|
|NGC 5907 Makes Cover of Sweden's Populär Astronomi December 2010 issue
Dark Secrets of the Smallest Galaxies
Daniel Aden's article describes stellar streams and their signficance to galactic evolution. See pages 36 through 40.
|10, November, 2010|
|NGC 5907 Featured on Cover of Patrick Moore's 2011 Astronomy Yearbook
This picture of NGC 5907 was selected for the cover of this popular book published in the UK.
|30, October, 2010|
|M63 Collaboration featured in Nature Physics
The results of a collaboration spanning several years regarding the existance of a stellar stream surrounding Messier 63 (NGC 5055) has been featured in Nature Physics October 2010 edition.
|9, September, 2010|
|New scientific collaboration submitted for publication
Discovery of a Stellar Tidal Stream in the Halo of Messier 63 (NGC 5055)
The results of a collaboration spanning several years regarding the existance of a stellar stream surrounding Messier 63 (NGC 5055) have been submitted for publication to the Astronomical Journal and can be previewed here.
|7, September, 2010|
|Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy
Spirals eat dwarfs: Galactic tendrils shed light on evolution of spiral galaxies
Read the press release here and news items based on the release that appear in National Geographic News, Universe Today and Space.com
Read the article about this project here.
|20, April, 2010|
I was recently interviewed by Ray Shore for an article that's now available at AstroPhotography Tonight.
|10, April, 2010|
Stellar Tidal Streams in Spiral Galaxies of the Local Volume: A Pilot Survey with Modest Aperture Telescopes
A fifth scientific paper that includes my imaging contributions has been accepted for publication in the Astronomical Journal. Click here for the full text in PDF format.
|26, March, 2010|
|Astronomy & Astrophysics
A Multi-wavelength analysis of M81 (NGC3031): insight on the nature of Arp’s loop
A fourth scientific paper that includes my imaging contributions has been published by Astronomy & Astrophysics. Click here for the full text in PDF format.
|15, December, 2009|
|Horsehead Makes Cover of Ovaldsen's 2010 Calendar Handbook
Heavenly Calendar, Astronomical Handbook and Almanac
This picture of the Horsehead Nebula was selected for the cover of Jan-Erik Ovaldsen's 2010 Calendar Handbook. Jan-Erik is an acclaimed Norwegian astrophysicist, published author and astronomy evangelist.
|1, December, 2009|
|Article published in Sky & Telescope's Beautiful Universe 2010
The Art of Science
The 2010 edition of Sky & Telescope's Beautiful Universe includes two images and an article I wrote introducing the amateur section for deep space and planetary images. Titled The Art of Science, the article discussed my long held belief that astrophotography is an form of art in service to science. It was a singular honor to be a contributor to this annual special edition. See pages 38- 39.
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|10, October, 2009|
Unveiling the Nature of M94’s Outer Region: a Panchromatic Perspective
A third scientific paper that includes my imaging contributions has been published in the Astrophysical Journal. Click here for the full text in PDF format.
|9, June, 2009|
|Instituto Cervantes, Madrid, Spain
Surprises of the Cosmos
The Instituto Cervantes presents the spectacular images of the project Surprises of the Cosmos.
The exhibition, organized by the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, the Canary Government and the Instituto Cervantes, includes spectacular large format photographs showing planets, nebulas, galaxies and stars, starting from a ‘scan’ of the universe from its beginning. The opening will take place the 22nd of July, at 6:30 pm, and will include a brief presentation of the exhibition held by Annia Domènech, journalist in science and curator of the project Surprises of the Cosmos.
The objective of this exhibition is to present abroad the astrophysics investigation studies that are carried out in Spain, a country that counts important observatories in its territory, coinciding with the celebration of the Year International of Astronomy in 2009. Many of the most remarkable international observatories are in Spanish speaking countries: Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and Spain, with the Roque de los muchachos observatory, (La Palma) and the Teide observatory (Tenerife) both belonging to the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.
These thirty spectacular astronomic photographs show planets, nebulas, galaxies, and stars, starting from a ‘scan’ of the universe from its beginning. The four stages of the journey are: up to the borders of the Milky Way; our galaxy, the Milky Way; the Solar System.
Surprises of the Cosmos has been touring since April 2009, showing in various international branches of the Instituto Cervantes including those in Madrid, Lisbon, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Utrecht, London, New Delhi, Sydney.
Two of my images are part of an exhibition. Included are NGC 5907 and NGC 891
|5, June, 2009|
|NGC 5709 published in June 2009 issue of the journal Science
The Tales Told by Lonely Galaxies
This image of NGC 5907 has been published in the journal Science..
(from the Science website)To what extent are a galaxy's properties determined by its inner workings or through interactions with its surroundings? To solve that puzzle, some astronomers are searching for rare galaxies well isolated from their neighbors. By comparing these loners to their more-gregarious brethren, researchers hope to tease apart the inherent inner workings of galaxies and the effects of interactions. Last month, 120 researchers gathered in Granada, Spain, to discuss such efforts. Article by Adrian Cho
|1, June, 2009|
|Capturing the Stars: Astrophotography by the Masters (Hardcover)
Several images have been published in a new book by master astrophotographer Robert Gendler. Images include:The Iris Nebula (my personal favorite picture), The Horsehead Nebula, The Crab Nebula and others. Robert included a short, but exceedingly generous, introduction to the section of this book featuring my collection of images.
Book description: Galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and other deep-sky treasures fill the pages of this beautiful volume of space photography from ten of the most accomplished astrophotographers in the world. Along with the marvels of the night sky--the Andromeda and Whirlpool galaxies, the Pleiades and the Praesepe, the Orion and Crab nebulae, and many more--each section features a profile of the photographer’s work, techniques, philosophy, and experiences. Compiled by the world's leading amateur astrophotographer, with an introduction to the history of space photography, this spectacular volume is an essential for every stargazer’s bookshelf.
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|1, June, 2009|
|The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican
My image of NGC 5907 has been included in a new book by Guy Consolmagno that has been published by the Vatican Observatory Publications.
For more than 100 years, the Vatican has supported an astronomical observatory. But that should come as no surprise; from even before the Gregorian Reform of the Calendar in 1582, indeed dating back to the invention of the University (where studying astronomy was a requirement for anyone wanting a doctorate in philosophy or theology!) the Church has not only supported astronomical research...it has seen the study of the Heavens as a way of getting to know the Creator!
In honor of the International Year of Astronomy, the Vatican and its Observatory is delighted to present this small expression of support, filled with beautiful images from the Vatican's telescopes and wisdom from the Popes, to show that indeed.
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|15, March, 2009|
|Discover the Universe 2009- Norway
At the invitation of Jan-Erik Ovaldsen, the acclaimed Norwegian astrophysicist, author and astronomy evangelist, and with the permission of the Subaru Observatory on Maua Kea, Hawaii, I prepared an updated rendtion of the Subaru Deep Field image, produced several years ago for the Norwegian celebration of Discover the Universe 2009.
So far, the Subaru Deep Field project has generated over thirty scientific papers. To the delight of the original research team, one of the earliest findings announced the identification of one of the farthest known galaxies- an early star system 12.88 billion light years from Earth!
This rendition, plus one or two other pictures, are being displayed on oversized, outdoor posters with photographs from professional observatories, orbiting space telescopes and several other independent astrophotographers in Oslo, Norway, from April through June 2009, in Sandefjord, Norway from August 1- 31, 2009 and Kristiansand, Norway, from mid-June through October 31, 2009.
|1, March, 2009|
|2009 Advanced Imaging Conference
I will be speaking at the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) this fall, October 30- November 1, in San Jose, California.
My subject will be Making Eye Candy
|20, February 2009|
Scientific Paper release
Discovery of a giant stellar tidal stream around the disk galaxy NGC 4013
A second scientific paper has been published featuring my image of NGC 4013.
|30, January 2009|
|Article published in the January 2009 issue of Sky and Telescope
Galaxy Archeology with Amateurs
An article co-authored with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado has been published in the January 2009 edition of Sky and Telescope discussing our research into stellar star streams around distanct galaxies. See pages 92- 98
|22, January 2009|
|University of Michagan|
The Universe- Yours to Discover: Out of this World Astronomical images
My image of NGC 5907 is on display at the Harlan Hatcher Gallery January 22 through March 7, 2009
|15, December, 2009|
|Horsehead Makes Cover of Dickinson & Dyer's Third Edition
The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
This picture of the Horsehead Nebula was selected for the cover of Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer's third edtion of the Backyard Astronomer's Guide.
Sky & Telescope said: "Guide books for amateur astronomers abound, but none is more up to date than the heavily illustrated third edition of Terence Dickinson and Alan Dyer's The Backyard Astronomer's Guide. It's an indispensible aid for amateurs wading into the ocean of modern telescopes, eyepieces and accessories. And the section on astrophotography with digital cameras is among the finest we've seen..If you were to own only one book on amateur astronomy, this is it!"
|10, December 2008|
Scientific Paper release
The ghost of a dwarf galaxy: fossils of the hierarchical formation of the nearby spiral galaxy ngc 5907
First scientific paper has been published featuring my image of NGC 5907.
|4, April 2008|
|Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)
(from the IAC web site) Gigantes corrientes estelares, surgidas tras la muerte de galaxias enanas, circundan las regiones exteriores de dos galaxias espirales
Un equipo internacional de astrónomos ha identificado gigantescas corrientes de estrellas en la periferia de dos galaxias espirales próximas y, por primera vez, ha obtenido una visión panorámica de un fenómeno de canibalismo galáctico similar al de la galaxia enana de Sagitario en el entorno de la Vía Láctea
|Astrophysical Institute of the Canaries (IAC)
(from the IAC web site) Huge star streams, resulting from the death of dwarf galaxies, surround the outer regions of two spiral galaxies.
An international team of astronomers has identified huge star streams in the outskirts of two nearby spiral galaxies. For the first time, they have obtained a panoramic overview of an example of galactic cannibalism similar to that involving the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy in the vicinity of the Milky Way.
|4, April 2008|
|Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos
Fantasmas de galaxias: el papel del astrónomo amateur en la arqueología galáctica
Co-presentación con Dr. David Martinez-Delgado
|Museum Of Science and the Cosmos
Ghost galaxies: The role of the amateur astronomer in the Galactic archeology
Co-presentation with Dr. David Martinez-Delgado