Monday, February 2, 2009

stereo astronomy images

this is one of the cooler things i've seen in a while: stereo astronomy images created by J-P Metsavainio at astro anarchy.

remember those images from 15 years ago or so, that looked like spotty noise, but if you adjusted where your eyes focused, you could see a three dimensional image pop out?? that's what J-P Metsavainio has done with images of astronomical objects! he explains how to view the images on his website.

i remember the first time i saw these types of images at the ohio state fair. i couldnt figure out what everyone was staring at, but the moment i finally figured out how to "see" them and watched the statue of liberty pop out of the flat image - i was amazed!

now, J-P Metsavainio has created a very interesting method for imagining the 3D structure of astronomical objects that we can only view from one direction!


J-P Metsävainio said...

Thanks for the nice comment!

I have had some negative feedback
as well, about this kind of
"extreme" image manipulation.


astropixie said...

hi J-P,

i think it wouldnt be good if you were trying to claim such manipulated images could be use for science, but youre not. youre just sharing a new way to visualize the objects, which i think is great!

J-P Metsävainio said...


The purpose of stereo images
are to remain the "real" nature of those objects as a three dimensional forms in three dimensional space.

They are often seen as 2D-paintings
on the canvas and thats not the reality.