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Is it real?

Astroimager Adam Block addresses the question, "How real are the images you present?"
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One of the questions that invariably arises when I speak at the SkyCenter or at other events is whether the astrophotography I present is “real.” Typically this query deals with the fidelity of the colors or the boldness of the contrast. However, I feel the question gets to the heart of the way that science mediates explanations of the world around us.

Take for example the simple act of touching something. Seeing is not always believing, and touching something, perhaps with a pinch, is considered the gold standard to test reality. But do we really touch anything?

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