Exposing PseudoAstronomy

March 5, 2017

Podcast Episode 158: Getting Beyond the Photograph: Image Tricks with Dr. Tod Lauer


To peer beneath the
Photograph and uncover
What may be hidden!

Sorry for the delay, but I have an interview that’s over an hour this time on image processing. In past episodes, I have talked about how you can’t get any more information out of an image than what is in a single pixel. Dr. Tod Lauer is an astronomer who has worked on all kinds of telscopes and instrument data and has developed numerous image processing techniques over his career. In this episode, we discuss some of those and how to correctly – versus incorrectly – apply them to image data to get to the best representation of the original object, or what the image was trying to capture.

There are no additional segments in this episode, but the interview runs nearly 1hr 15min. This is also the episode for the second half of February. I’m very much hoping/trying to get the first half of March’s episode out before I leave on a trip on March 19. It will either be an interview on what’s a planet, or a normal episode on Apollo Hoax miscellaneous claims I never did an episode about.

R136 Star Cluster by the Hubble Space Telescope

R136 Star Cluster by the Hubble Space Telescope

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3 Comments »

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

    Comment by Vincent S Artale Jr — March 5, 2017 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  2. This was absolutely fascinating; I learnt a ton. As well as the imaging stuff, I think it’s really valuable to give people an insight into the actual process of science. If you wanted to make another podcast on the vicissitudes of planetary science, I’d totally sub to that too 🙂

    Comment by momerathe — March 7, 2017 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  3. Enjoyed the episode. That was a very interesting interview.

    Comment by Graham — March 11, 2017 @ 2:25 am | Reply


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