The science of pretty pictures

Harvard’s Aesthetics and Astronomy group intends to gauge the public’s perception of astrophysical data as well as looking at the scientific and artistic choices made when representing it. Images from modern telescopes take data in wavelength ranges outside the visible and so colours have no meaning beyond those imposed by the scientists processing the data. Should there be some kind of standardisation of techniques and how can this help scientific data visualisation in other fields?

Of course, my interest is in the pretty pictures.

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