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Published Images

 

NASA Astronomy Picture Of The Day (APOD)   

Star Cluster M34

  Feb. 11, 2010

Edge-on Spiral Galaxy NGC 891

  Feb. 25, 2010

The Elusive Jellyfish Nebula

  May 15, 2010

The Medusa Nebula

  June 12, 2010

The Perseus Cluster of Galaxies

  July 12, 2011

NGC 4565: Galaxy on Edge

  Oct 15, 2011

M109

  May 23, 2013

Dusty Nebulae in Taurus

  July 11, 2013

M44 - The Beehive Cluster

  Feb. 22, 2014

LDN 988: Dark Nebula in Cygnus

  Nov. 20, 2014

The Redding of M71

  Dec. 10, 2014

NGC 2419 - The Intergalactic Wanderer   June 4, 2015
Comet C/2014 S2 (PanSTARRS)   April 21, 2016

   

Astronomy Magazine

Comet Lulin

Astronomy Newsletter - 4/10/09

NGC 7000 & IC 5070

Astronomy Newsletter - 11/13/09

NGC 7000 The Mountains of Cygnus

Astronomy Newsletter - 12/18/09

IC410 The Tadpoles

Astronomy Newsletter - 1/8/10

NGC 7000 & IC 5070

March, 2010 - Page 13

M74 Spiral galaxy

Astronomy Newsletter - 3/12/10

NGC4725 & 4747 Interacting galaxies

Astronomy Newsletter - 4/2/10

ARP 297 Interacting Galaxies

Astronomy Newsletter - 5/28/10

NGC 1333

July, 2010 - Page 11

NGC 5394 & 5394 (Arp 84)

Astronomy Newsletter - 8/13/10

NGC 4302 & 4298

March, 2011 - Page 54

NGC 2403

Astronomy Newsletter - 2/18/11

NGC 4302 & 4298

Reader Gallery May, 2011 - Page 78

NGC 5033

Astronomy Newsletter - 4/22/11

NGC 4395

Astronomy Newsletter - 5/20/11

ARP 84

Astronomy POD - 6/24/11

UGC 5829 The Spider Galaxy

Astronomy Newsletter - 7/7/11

Milky Way Over Monument Valley

Astronomy Newsletter - 7/29/11

NGC 6960 The Witch's Broom

Astronomy Newsletter - 9/30/11

IC443 & 444 The Jellyfish Nebula

Nov, 2011 - Page 29

NGC 3628

July, 2012 - Page 71

Sh2-199 The Soul Nebula

Astronomy POD - 2/19/13

NGC 2264 The Cone Nebula

Astronomy POD - 3/21/13

Markarian's Chain

Astronomy Newsletter - 4/26/13

Markarian's Chain

Reader Gallery Aug, 2013 - Page 88

The Crystral Ball

Reader Gallery Sept, 2013 - Page 73

Sh2-199 The Soul Nebula

Feb, 2014 - Page 35

GAL 110-13 & vdB 158

Astronomy POD - 1/28/2014

IC 2118 The Witch Head Nebula

Astronomy POD - April ?, 2014

GAL 110-13 & vdB 158

Reader Gallery Sept, 2014 - Page 89

NGC 6914

Astronomy Newsletter - 11/7/2014

IC 443 The Jellyfish Nebula Astronomy POD - March ?, 2015

Sh2-73

Astronomy POD - May 6, 2015

Sh2-73

Astronomy Newsletter - 5/15/2015

LDN 673

Astronomy POD - June 12, 2015

IC 4665 Reader Gallery Oct, 2015 - Page 72
IC 443 The Jellyfish Nebula April 2016 - Page 13
LDN 988  Astronomy POD - Jan. 18, 2017

 

Other Magazines

NGC 891

Science Magazine - 23 April 2010 - Whence the Spirals?

IC443 & 444

How It Works Magazine - Issue 24 - The Jellyfish Nebula

NGC 4395

Scientific American - Jan. 2012 - Goldilocks Black Holes

IC443 & 444

Geo Magazine - Feb. 2012  - At The End of The Universe

Albiero

interstellarun - June/July 2012 page 44

M45

Sky at Night - June 2013 page 29

Abell 2666

Sky & Telescope - Going Deep - Sept. 2013 page 60

Markarian's Chain

Sky at Night - Sept. 2013 page 31

NGC 7497

Sky at Night - Feb. 2014 page 28 - HotShots Winner

M12

Sky & Telescope - Deep-Sky Wonders - June 2014 Pg. 56

NGC 4395

Scientific American - Secrets Of The Universe - Summer 2014

IC 443

Sky at Night - Sept. 2014 page 27

NGC 6914

Sky at Night - Jan. 2015 page 30

LBN 777

Sky at Night - June 2015 page 29

Abell 2065

Sky & Telescope - Abell Galaxy Cluster - June 2015 page 60

Sh2-73

Sky & Telescope Editor's Choice 5/15/2015

IC 2177 Sky at Night - Sept. 2015 page 28 - HotShots Winner
NGC 1245 Sky & Telescope - The Zero Hour - Dec. 2015 page 41
Abell 426 Sky & Telescope - Monsters In The Dark - Jan. 2016 Pg 62
Abell 1656 Sky & Telescope - Monsters In The Dark - Jan. 2016 Pg 65
NGC 3239 Sky & Telescope - A Starry Sickle - April 2016 page 56
IC 443 Sky & Telescope -  June 2016 page 30
NGC 5566 Sky & Telescope - Thistledown - June 2016 page 55
NGC 5701 Sky & Telescope - Thistledown - June 2016 page 56
IC 1396 Sky & Telescope - Nov 2016 page 41
Abell 426 Sky & Telescope - The Perseus Cluster - Jan 2017 page 58
   

Miscellaneous Use & Awards

M34

Modern Solo Piano used the image as the background on various artworks for the 2010 festival at the Babylon Theater in Berlin, Germany.

IC 443

Used by the Hudson River Museum in their Sept/2010 Science Sunday event. This was a workshop, with Jimmy McBride, on creating patchwork quilts with astronomical images.

Arp 84

The October picture of the month in the Reims Planetarium newsletter and also used in the introduction/explanation part of a planetarium show about animals we can find in the sky.

NGC 6960

Northern Galactic Image of the Month Award for June 2011

Milky Way

NASA's Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD)  7/30/2011

NGC 2237

Northern Galactic Image of the Month Award for August 2011

M34

Book:  Dream Walking For Kids

Abell 2151

Text Book: Pathways To Astronomy 3rd. Edition Pg. 613

Albiero

The Webb Deep-Sky Society May 2012 Picture of the Month

NGC 6960

2nd runner up in The Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 contest.

Abell 426

2nd runner up in The Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 contest.

Albiero

Book: Observing and Measuring Visual Double Stars, Page 22

NGC 6960

National Geographic Best Space Pictures of 2012.

IC443 & 444

National Geographic Daily News 11/8/13

Abell 39 Picked as one of the 100 most spectacular night sky photos of 2013 by Space.com

M53 & NGC 5053

Use by three students at Leiden University, The Netherlands for an astronomy research project.

NGC 4395

2016 publication by Amy E. Reines and Andrea Comastri.
Observational Signatures of High-Redshift Quasars and Local Relics of Black Hole Seeds