- Education & Outreach
Scientists use illustrations to make abstract ideas accessible to their colleagues and to the public. Astronomical illustrations are often a "best guess" of what we would see in a close-up view. Other times, the picture or cartoon portrays the basic physical idea behind a new discovery. Either way, the idea is to show some interesting details of an astronomical object - no matter its size - on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper!
You can learn more about the science behind these illustrations in the research pages for the High Energy Astrophysics (HEA), Optical and Infrared (OIR), Radio and Geoastronomy (RG), and Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Sciences (SSP) divisions.