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Monday, October 26, 2009

Galilean Nights

From the reports that we are starting to get, it sounds like Galilean Nights was a great success! 

Just a reminder that if you have an article or photos that you would like to be posted in the next newsletter, please send them to:
sidewalkastronomers@earthlink.net with "newsletter submission" in the subject line. 

I hope you are all enjoying the newsletter, if you have suggestions please send them to us a the above email.
 

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

THE BEAUTY OF THE UNIVERSE, FROM ABOVE AND FROM BELOW
The 2009 Lennart Nilsson Award is to be presented to American planetary 
scientist Carolyn Porco and Iranian photographer and science journalist 
Babak A. Tafreshi in recognition of their photographic work, which - each 
from its own perspective - recalls humankind's place in the universe. The 
prize is the world's most prestigious distinction in scientific and 
medical photography.

The annual Lennart Nilsson Award is presented in honour of the legendary 
Swedish photographer, who has been working with imagery at Karolinska 
Institutet in Stockholm for decades. Like Lennart Nilsson, this year's 
recipients, Carolyn Porco and Babak A. Tafreshi, have captured worlds that 
are otherwise hidden from human sight.

The panel's citation reads as follows:
"Carolyn Porco combines the finest techniques of planetary exploration and 
scientific research with aesthetic finesse and educational talent. While 
her images, which depict the heavenly bodies of the Saturn system with 
unique precision, serve as tools for the world's leading experts, they 
also reveal the beauty of the universe in a manner that is an inspiration 
to one and all."

"Babak A. Tafreshi's photographs reclaim a night sky that most modern 
people have lost. He takes us to remote places where the stars still look 
like they did at the dawn of mankind. His work calls to mind the beauty of 
the universe and human life on our planet."

Carolyn Porco was born in 1953 in New York. She earned her PhD in 1983 
from the California Institute of Technology's Division of Geological and 
Planetary Sciences. She is currently employed at the Space Science 
Institute in Boulder Colorado where she leads CICLOPS, the laboratory 
where images from NASA's and ESA's Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn are 
processed, captioned and posted for public release. Carolyn Porco and her 
scientific colleagues have published numerous groundbreaking scientific 
papers about Saturn and its rings and moons, and have discovered six 
moons, several rings and jets of water ice erupting from the south pole of 
Saturn's moon, Enceladus, all previously unknown to astronomers. She has 
previously worked with the Voyager probe and imaged Uranus and Neptune. 
Carolyn Porco is also a member of the group tasked with taking pictures of 
Pluto when it is finally reached by the New Horizons probe in 2015.

Babak A. Tafreshi, photographer, science journalist and amateur 
astronomer, was born in Teheran in 1978. His photographs from his 
expeditions around the world have been published in foreign journals, on 
TV and on the NASA website, and have featured in a number of international 
exhibitions. From 1997 to 2007 he was editor, and later editor-in-chief of 
the Iranian astronomy magazine Nojum. Babak A. Tafreshi is a member of the 
board of Advisors of Astronomers Without Borders and a project coordinator 
for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. He is also the creator and 
the driving force behind TWAN (The World At Night), a project in which 
photographers from around the world capture images of night skies as seen 
above notable landmarks of the planet."

The Lennart Nilsson Award was inaugurated in 1998 and is administered by 
Karolinska Institutet. The university's president, Professor Harriet 
Wallberg-Henriksson, serves as chairperson of the Lennart Nilsson Award 
Foundation and takes part in the selection of the prize winners, who are 
awarded SEK 50,000 (approx. USD 7,250) each. The names of this year's 
winners will be announced at the Goteborg Book Fair in connection with a 
seminar on Making the Invisible Visible. The award ceremony will be held 
in the Berwald Hall in Stockholm on 28 October to coincide with Karolinska 
Institutet's installation ceremony for new professors. Lennart Nilsson 
himself will also attend the festivities.

Journalists are hereby invited to the ceremony. Please register by 
contacting Karolinska Institutet at pressinfo@ki.se.
Images may be downloaded from www.lennartnilssonaward.se, and are free for 
publication solely in the context of the award ceremony. Username: LNA. 
Password: spaceman.

For press photographs of the prize winners and of Professor Lennart 
Nilsson, see: http://ki.se/pressimages
Karolinska Institutet is one of the leading medical universities in 
Europe. Through research and education, Karolinska Institutet contributes 
to improving human health. Each year, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska 
Institutet awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. For more 
information, visit ki.se

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European 
Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
(JPL), a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, 
manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission 
Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras 
were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists 
of scientists from the U.S., England, France, and Germany. The imaging 
operations center and team leader (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space 
Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
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