Kimberly Arcand

Science viz lead for NASA's Chandra mission

"How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hand"

Most celestial objects in our Milky Way are so far away from us we can’t send spacecraft to them, let alone do proper three dimensional scans of the them.  But, for the first time, researchers have been able to create a 3D reconstruction of one particular supernova remnant in our galaxy: Cassiopeia A.  This talk will shine a light on the process of how we collect the astronomical data, use brain imaging software to visualize the third dimension, and eventually print out copies so we can hold a dead star in our hand.