Ars Electronica Festival 2012 in Linz [] ASTRONOMICAL CONTRIBUTIONS

WHAT's THE STORY?

This year the Ars Electronica festival deals with : The Big Picture.

It is all about how to create an episteme of the world we live in. It is clear that astronomy has a great deal to offer when it comes to the story of mankind and how we managed to look at the world we live in.

Damian Peach, Warren Keller, Yuri Beletsky und Dietmar Hager

will stage the UNIVERSE in a fantastic and spectacular way and illustrate in talks, presentation and workshops why the stars literally fell from the skies to deliver the picture of the world we live in.

Here is the program in closer detail:

Fr, 31.8. 2012: 19h00 AEC / DEEP SPACE - DIETMAR HAGER (AT)

In my presentation I shall invite you on an astronomical excursion through human cultural history. I’ll explain why humankind has been oriented on the stars since time immemorial, and how the starry night sky has always been a prime determinant in how human beings picture the world. A fascinating look back in history enables us to comprehend which impediments had to be surmounted on our path from archaic views to the way we see things now—and what sacrifices had to be made to achieve this.

Sa, 1.9. 12h30 DEEP SPACE - DIETMAR HAGER (AT)

(reprise of friday in addition to a virtual 3d journey through space!!!)

In my presentation I shall invite you on an astronomical excursion through human cultural history. I’ll explain why humankind has been oriented on the stars since time immemorial, and how the starry night sky has always been a prime determinant in how human beings picture the world. A fascinating look back in history enables us to comprehend which impediments had to be surmounted on our path from archaic views to the way we see things now—and what sacrifices had to be made to achieve this.

Sa, 1.9. 2012: 14h00 AEC / DEEP SPACE - WARREN KELLER (USA)

Warren Keller is one of the USA’s top astrophotographers, and his skill in using filters in Adobe’s Photoshop graphics editing program is unsurpassed—after all, he developed some of them himself! Keller also possesses comprehensive knowledge about the history of deep-sky astrophotography that captures images from distant realms of the cosmos. In his Deep Space session, the successful former musician and songwriter will demonstrate how deep-sky photographers work and how even amateurs can take pictures that can hold their own against those shot by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Sa, 1.9. 2012: 15h00AEC / DEEP SPACE - DAMIAN PEACH (UK)

Damian Peach is one of the world’s top astrophotographers. He specializes in high-definition images of planets, that have garnered him tremendous esteem within the international astronomical community. In Deep Space, Peach will display images of Jupiter to illustrate how proper processing makes it possible to produce breathtaking pictures even with a conventional telescope, and how dedicated amateur photographers provide indispensible aid to professional astronomers in the ongoing development of astrophotography.

ATTENTION KIDS: U19 / CREATE YOUR WORLD on SUNSHINE PARCOUR

Sa, 1.9. und Sunday 2.9. 15h00 to 17h00 in the KEPLER STERNWARTE of the Linzer Astronomical Society. DIETMAR und WARREN

Sunshine-parcour. Dietmar Hager und Warren Keller will go to the Kepler observatory with kids who want to observe the sun in visual light as well in H-alpha. We will not only look on the sun but also have a webcam and laptop to demonstrate how easy it is to make an astronomical image that the kids can take home!

where to meet Dietmar and Warren: Aula des AEC Linz: 15h00

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BOOK THE SHOW: http://www.aec.at/thebigpicture/tickets-we-guide-you/

So, 2.9.2012 10h00 DEEP SPACE YURI BELETSKY and ESO

ultimate HIGHLIGHT of the festival will be LIVE skype-session with operating ESO telescope!

Dietmar Hager meets Dr. Beletsky while he is located in one of ESO's observatories in Chile (La Silla) while it is still operative and researching with HARPS, one of the most powerful observation-kits for grasping for exoplanets! THIS is a MUST for all fans of EXOPLANETS!!! Come and see the astronomers work in the night under Chilean night-skies!

Mo, 3.9. 2012 13h00 AEC / DEEP SPACE WARREN KELLER (USA)

Warren Keller is one of the USA’s top astrophotographers, and his skill in using filters in Adobe’s Photoshop graphics editing program is unsurpassed—after all, he developed some of them himself! Keller also possesses comprehensive knowledge about the history of deep-sky astrophotography that captures images from distant realms of the cosmos. In his Deep Space session, the successful former musician and songwriter will demonstrate how deep-sky photographers work and how even amateurs can take pictures that can hold their own against those shot by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Mo, 3.9.2012 14h00 AEC / DEEP SPACE DIETMAR HAGER (AT)

(reprise of friday in addition to a virtual 3d journey through space!!!)

In my presentation I shall invite you on an astronomical excursion through human cultural history. I’ll explain why humankind has been oriented on the stars since time immemorial, and how the starry night sky has always been a prime determinant in how human beings picture the world. A fascinating look back in history enables us to comprehend which impediments had to be surmounted on our path from archaic views to the way we see things now—and what sacrifices had to be made to achieve this.

AEC BIG PICTURE BLOG

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(Dietmar Hager)