News Release Details

10/15/2010

EAC and Desert Sky Gazers present 3-D Astronomy

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—In partnership with Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus, the Desert Sky Gazers amateur astronomy club will present a free, family-friendly lecture on Saturday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus, entitled “3-D Astronomy.” This lecture will be given by local resident Dave Etter, president of the Desert SkyGazers Amateur Astronomy Club.

“3-D viewing is not a new concept,” says Paul Anger, director of Discovery Park Campus. “‘stereoscopic vision’ has interested people since the early days of black and white photography; now it’s being used to enhance some of the most awe-inspiring images of objects found in the heavens.

This 3-D image has the ability to highlight the aspects of height, width, and depth of the object being viewed. Instead of a generic flat picture, observers can now see a rich display of color, depth, and clarity.

“This ingenious idea should not be confused as just a viewing novelty, but should be realized as a technological advance in optics that allows researchers to compare and contrast the distortions caused by the conflicting angles and distances to gain a much better view and understanding of the subject studied,” Anger adds.

There will be door prizes, tours of the Gallery and “History of Astronomy,” Space Shuttle “Polaris” simulator rides, as well as a public viewing of night sky objects through the 20-inch telescope. For more information, contact Paul Anger at (928) 428-6260.

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