If you don't already know me, I'm applying to history of science and science and technology studies programs to study 20th century astronomy. Specifically, I'm interested in researching the interactions between astronomy and American popular culture.
A professor suggested that I research the way in which astronomers color images. From what I have read thus far, astronomers tend to color telescopic images to enhance certain features. However, because these images (the Hubble comes to mind) tend to be widely publicized for their aesthetic beauty, I wonder if astronomers are also motivated to color to appeal to the public. What do you think? If you can, I would also appreciate any references (i.e. articles and/or websites).
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