Fans of Queen will already know that Brian May, in addition to being a stellar guitar player, is also the holder of a PhD in astrophysics. Now, May has teamed up with David Eicher, editor of Astronomy magazine and astrophotographer J-P Mestävainio to launch their latest book, Cosmic Clouds 3-D.
The book launch will be held online later today (23 September) at 8pm GMT on the Science Museum’s (UK) YouTube channel. May will expound on the book’s background and on stereo imaging; Eicher will discuss the physics of nebulae, and Metsävainio will expound on his methods for capturing the unique images. The event will be hosted by Science Museum Keeper of Science Collections Alison Boyle. Stay tuned for it below.
Cosmic Clouds 3-D is the first ever book to present nebulae in 3D stereoscopic images. Each copy consists of 250 colour images and a set of 3-D Lite ‘OWL’ patent viewers. According to May, the book has been a long time coming. “I believe this is an important book in its own right, because an up to date and in-depth account of nebulae is long overdue out there,” he said.
“With all this current interest in life in other parts of the universe, a study of nebulae is crucial, because the nebulae, the cosmic clouds are the beginning of everything, and in a sense we can regard the seeds of life itself as being nested in those exotically coloured and fantastically shaped clouds, billions of miles away in the neighbouring space of our galaxy.”
He continued: “But I have another reason to be proud of this book. It fulfils part of my dream to bring art and science together, and in particular to bring stereoscopy and astronomy together. This is the first book ever published in the known universe on nebulae illustrated with stereoscopic pictures of the objects themselves.”
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