Stephen Strom, Arizona-based photographer and former Associate Director of the National Optical Astronomy Organization, hosts a tour of "Astronomical: Photographs of Our Solar System and Beyond." Strom, one of the exhibition's co-organizers, will discuss the photographs on view from his unique perspective as an artist and astronomer.
Leading astrophotographer and founder of the UA Science Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter stargazing programs, Adam Block, will speak about how modern images of the cosmos are made, how they influence the field of photography, and just what makes them so compelling.
The evolution of photography has been inextricably bound up with the field of astronomy. Since photography’s earliest days, it has been used as a tool to advance astronomical observation and thought, yielding some of the most curious and compelling images in the medium’s history. Featuring works by a diversity of makers ranging from pioneering scientists to artists and amateurs, this exhibition surveys mankind’s ongoing efforts to chart and understand an expanding universe.
The Center will screen "Desert Moon," a film that chronicles the UA’s role in putting the first astronauts on the Moon. After the screening director Jason Davis will lead a conversation with four UA planetary scientists: Ewen Whitaker and Robert Strom, both of whom were involved in NASA’s lunar program of the 1960s; and Alfred McEwen and Kristin Block, respectively the Principal Investigator and Targeting Specialist for the UA-led Mars HiRISE project.