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Is That Real? Understanding Astronomical Images

Our 2014 follow-up Aesthetics & Astronomy study examined what is believed to be “real” in images and how people – particularly non-experts – respond to and understand information that astronomical images attempt to convey. A convenience sample of 1,956 responded … Continue reading

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Two New A&A Papers

Here are two of the latest Aesthetics & Astronomy papers to peruse, both printed in 2015. The first is on the topic of false color and trust in astronomical imagery. The second paper analyzes data we took at a number … Continue reading

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Examining Perceptions Of Astronomy Images Across Mobile Platforms

In the first of two follow-up Aesthetics & Astronomy studies from 2010, an online survey and focus groups were used to explore whether mobile platforms affect perception of astronomy images. In the online study, participants on their mobile devices were … Continue reading

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Aesthetics & Astronomy Awash in Crimson

Normally, the Aesthetics & Astronomy (A&A) project celebrates all colors of the rainbow and even beyond — including the invisible ones beyond like X-rays and radio waves. Recently, however, we have a slightly preference for crimson with two different articles … Continue reading

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Current list of papers and talks

Arcand, K.K., Watzke, M., Smith, L, Smith, J.K “Surveying Aesthetics & Astronomy: A project exploring the public’s perception of astronomy images and the science within” Communicating Astronomy with the Public. Issue 10 December 2010. http://www.capjournal.org/issues/10/10_13.php

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New Study launched

The first paper on the preliminary results of the study has been accepted by Science Communication. View it online at http://scx.sagepub.com (pre-print available at http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/1009.0772 ). Our latest research grant from the Smithsonian is enabling us to study the perception of astronomy images across multiple platforms (web,mobile, print,large scale) at participating science centers in the summer and fall of 2010.

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