David Malin is best known as the father of Colour Astrophotography. Using his knowledge of processing photography images during his time at Kodak in the UK, he came to Australia to work at the Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO) and developed a method to colourise (with real colour) the images taken through a telescope. The images are taken in black and white with a red, blue and green filter and colourised using colour according to the wavelength of the filter. This method is still used today by many astrophotographers and even the images taken from the Hubble Space telescope despite the invention and popularity of colour cameras. There is an astrophotography competition every year in Australia in David’s name that awards the best astronomy photos.
While his astrophotography is stunning and inspiring and world acclaimed, few would know of his microscopy imaging done in the UK. This is where his love for colour and seeing the beauty in science really began. His images include Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images of the variety of chemicals tested in the Kodak labs as well as probably the first ever colour SEM images.
In the theme of AstroLight, we will be presenting a visual show of David Malin’s Astronomy and Light images on the big screen in the Scienceworks Planetarium Foyer. So when you are feeling a little overwhelmed from all of the amazing science and just need a quite moment or two, take a seat in the Planetarium Foyer and let these stunning images of the largest and smallest things known wash over you, before you tackle the next activity on your itinerary.
Check the Program page for the full schedule.
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!