AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 36 Uses of Modern Technology in Introductory Astronomy Education
Special Session, Monday, January 10, 2005, 10:00-11:30am, Sunrise

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[36.03] Coloring the FITS Universe

Z.G. Levay (STScI)

A new, freely-available accessory for Adobe's widely-used Photoshop image editing software makes it much more convenient to produce presentable images directly from FITS data. It merges a fully-functional FITS reader with an intuitive user interface and includes fully interactive flexibility in scaling data. Techniques for producing attractive images from astronomy data using the FITS plugin will be presented, including the assembly of full-color images. These techniques have been successfully applied to producing colorful images for public outreach with data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other major observatories. Now it is much less cumbersome for students or anyone not experienced with specialized astronomical analysis software, but reasonably familiar with digital photography, to produce useful and attractive images.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: levay@stsci.edu

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