Astronomers constantly use astonishing images of different celestial objects to capture peoples' imaginations and bring astronomy closer to the general public. However, it is quite common that those images are presented showing just the name of the source and with no additional information regarding their nature. Why do scientists care about these images? Is it just to show people something pretty? Do they have some scientific value? These are questions that I asked myself when I was young and that every year my first year students ask me.
In this talk, I will use three different cases of really beautiful astronomy images to answer those questions. The goal of this talk is that later at home, whenever you find any astronomy related photograph, you will be able to understand why it looks the way it does and what it means.
Antonio’s research involves the study of gamma-ray bursts, the most violent and energetic explosions in the Universe since the Big Bang. He is motivated by his love for Science, and in particular Physics and Astrophysics. Since he was 8 years of age, he dreamed of becoming a scientist and study the stars - a dream that came true in 2006 when he started working at the European Space Agency in Madrid. He then moved to Dublin to do his PhD in Astrophysics and he currently lectures in UCD. Antonio also leads an outreach programme where he uses astrophotography to explain in simple words the science behind the photograph.
This talk is part of the Mayo Dark Sky Festival which runs from 27-29 Oct 2017 in a number of venues in Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy, Co. Mayo.
This talk is supported by the Institute of Physics in Ireland
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