Weekly Space Hangout: April 20, 2022 — How to Access and Use Survey Data with NASA’s Kevin Gill

Let’s face it – there isn’t a single one of us who hasn’t gazed at myriad stunning astronomy images that are readily available on the web. Whether it’s Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, Saturn’s gorgeous rings, desolate Martian landscapes, or a spectacular deep sky object, the “raw material” behind each of these beauties is often publicly available data collected by survey missions. But how exactly does a long string of seemingly random “ones and zeros” get transformed into such amazing visual imagery? Tonight, Kevin Gill, the image processing “magician”, is with us to give us an introduction into how to access the public archives as well as how to process their data. Read More