A PowerPoint Presentation by
Richard C. Powell
Vice President and Professor Emeritus,
University of Arizona
Richard Powell has 45 years’ experience as a physics researcher and professor at national laboratories and universities including establishing the Oklahoma Laser Research Center at Oklahoma State University and serving as Dean of the College of Optics at the University of Arizona. He is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America and served as president of OSA. He has authored 3 books and 250 peer reviewed research papers and served as a member of the board of directors of the Large Binocular Telescope Corporation (an international collaboration with Germany and Italy).
Powell is now a retired Professor of Optical Sciences and Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is a long time summer resident of Lake City, CO and enjoys astrophotography as a serious hobby. The slide show/lecture will present images he has photographed of different types of deep space objects taken in Lake City and Tucson using a digital camera through an 8” telescope. The presentation includes pictures of: diffuse nebulae in which new stars are being created; supernovas and planetary nebulae produced by the death of stars; galaxies; and galactic collisions. These demonstrate how the world we live in began, evolved into what we know today, and is continuing to evolve. They help explain the origin and makeup of the universe. The images demonstrate the beauty of the universe and show the capabilities of astrophotography as a hobby.
There is no need to have a scientific background to understand and enjoy the beautiful pictures. The talk is child friendly and admission is free.