Douglas Pierce-Price's research while affiliated with European Southern Observatory and other places

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In the context of images used for astronomy education and outreach purposes, this paper describes a set of parameters that are key in determining the aesthetic appeal, or beauty and therefore effectiveness of an astronomical image.
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These days everyone is trying to connect with other people. It used to be simple, but in these technological times it is a little more complicated! We are currently in the midst of the most drastic change since the invention of the newspaper. In this article we are going to take a tour through the history of information, based on a year-long gather...
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The ESO contributions to the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the Opening Ceremony, held in Paris in January 2009, are summarised.
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ESO, the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere, is planning a range of education and public outreach activities for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). In addition to support for IYA2009 global Cornerstone Projects, these will include local, national, and international activities, aimed at the ge...
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The 1st ESO-EAAE Astronomy Summer School for teachers took place in the ESO Headquarters in Garching from 19th to 23rd July 2007. This summer school was based on ten years of successful schools organised around Europe by the EAAE (European Association for Astronomy Education), but 2007 marked increased involvement by ESO. In addition, the summer sc...
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``Science on Stage'', the European Science Teaching Festival, is a major educational outreach programme for science teachers. It aims to identify and foster innovation within formal science education by means of exchange of best practice, workshops and seminars involving educators from all over Europe.

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... The descriptions of image information does not only confine to beautiful appearance of the images but the intricate details of the images. The contrast, intensity, colour, resolution, presence of noise in the signals etc are very important in the process of analysis of astronomical images [7]. An image processing tool, AstroFracTool, was developed that provides a set of enhancement methods applied over the digital images, generally the recording time of astronomical images is very large requiring very long exposure to capture the images. ...
... During International Year of Astronomy 2009, European Southern Observatory hosted an ambitious event, "Around the World in 80 Telescopes" [121]. During a continuous, 24 hour webcast, hosted by a team of 6 presenters in ESO headquarters in Garching, Germany, the audience were shown live video feeds from telescopes from across the globe. ...
... The first IAU Colloquium on astronomy education was not held until 1980, and by the time of the second, there had been a hundred IAU conferences on topics in research (Percy 1988 The past decade has seen an acceleration of the IAU's commitment to education and outreach, with the impetus provided by widespread public interest in the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) in 2009. The IYA activities reached 815 million people in 148 countries (Russo & Christensen 2010). The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) was opened in South Africa in 2011, with a mandate to spur international development and expand astronomy education and outreach globally (Chapman et al. 2015). ...