An ongoing collaboration between the speaker and an international team of professional astronomers has demonstrated the scientific potential of using modest aperture, commercially produced, semi-robotic telescopes situated under steady dark skies and affordable off-the-shelf astronomical cameras to reveal extremely dim, diffuse structures on the outskirts of distant galaxies that shed light on galactic evolution. This presentation will share techniques, experiences and highlights of the investigations thus far.
By profession, R. Jay GaBany is an eCommerce product manager working in California’s Silicon Valley and the recipient of five patents for innovations in his field. Over the last decade he has earned a reputation as an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer whose work has been recognized internationally. He is also known for his work with an international team of astrophysicists led by Dr. David Martínez-Delgado (University of Heidelberg). GaBany helped pioneer the use of modest size telescopes and off the shelf CCD-cameras to produce long exposure images that revealed ancient galactic merger remnants in the form of star streams surrounding nearby galaxies that were previously undetected or suspected. GaBany has coauthored over 14 peer-reviewed scientific papers on the subject. For his contributions at the professional level he was given the 2010 Chambliss Award by the American Astronomical Society.
Among his many other accomplishments GaBany’s image of NGC 3521 was selected as the backdrop for the official crew portrait of Expedition 30 to the International Space Station. In 2012 and again in 2013, he was selected by the editors of Time magazine as one of “The 25 Most Influential People in Space.”
Jay has also written numerous articles, blogs, and reviews for a variety of popular astronomy magazines such as Sky & Telescope, Universe Today, and Astronomy Now. His first book, Breakthrough! 100 Astronomical Images that Changed the Worldwas just published in November 2015. Co-authored with noted astrophotographer Dr. Robert Gendler, the book explores the history of astrophotography through the lens of 100 ground breaking images that altered humanity’s perception of its place in the universe.
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