COLORING THE UNIVERSE: An Insider's Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space - Hardcover
by Travis Rector, Kimberly Arcand, and Megan Watzke
With a fleet of telescopes in space and giant observatories on the ground, professional astronomers produce hundreds of spectacular images of space every year. These colorful pictures have become infused into popular culture and can found everywhere, from advertising to television shows to memes. But they also invite questions: Is this what outer space really looks like? Are the colors real? And how do these images get from the stars to our screens?
Coloring the Universe uses accessible language to describe how these giant telescopes work, what scientists learn with them, and how they are used to make color images. It talks about how otherwise un-seeable rays, such as radio waves, infrared light, X-rays, and gamma rays, are turned into recognizable colors. And it is filled with fantastic images taken in far-away pockets of the universe. Informative and beautiful, Coloring the Universe will give space fans of all levels an insider’s look at how scientists bring deep space into brilliant focus.
Video by Open Lens Productions / Jonathan VanBallenberghe
When the video producer's task is to showcase a book full of stunning images, the video itself needs to be full of
concentrated, potent visuals. I used a full-fisheye lens to capture the inner workings of the telescopes.
To me, this reinforces both the behind-the-scenes feel we were going for and the idea that the book
is a story about unique optics. I used my new handy-dandy dji osmo for the driving and walking shots.
Some of the time lapse sequences were shot by Travis, some by me. In this day and age when we see
time lapses in almost every production, I wanted to use them sparingly. They make sense here, in my opinion,
since astronomy entails long, long nights of watching, waiting, and collecting data.