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Zoltan G. Levay
Z. G. Levay (Photo by Michael DiBari Jr.)
Photo: Michael DiBari Jr.
HST, Earth and GOODS
Photo Illustration:

Imaging Group Lead
Office of Public Outreach
Voice: 410-338-4907
Fax: 410-338-4579
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Primary Duties

Hubble Space Telescope News
Develop images and graphics for use in news releases announcing HST results, in cooperation with observers.
On the News Team: advise on selection of findings to publicize and how to present them, coordinate assembly of release content on-line for internal review (via news in-progress and Basecamp, accessible internally only).
Orion Nebula
Produce presentation images and illustrations from Hubble Space Telescope observations.
Principal software:
Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Acrobat)
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Apple iWork (Keynote, Pages, Numbers
Principal hardware:
Macintosh Pro, Mac OS-X

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In Addition

Hubble Heritage
Member of the Hubble Heritage Team, whose mission is to find and present the most beautiful images from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Whirlpool Galaxy M51

Web development
Provide on-line previews of materials for press release in progress.
Produce web-ready graphics for permanent news sites.
Design news and other web documents.
Principal software: Adobe Dreamweaver

Presentation Resources

Various images, illustrations, text, etc. related to HST and STScI, useful for presentation.
Brief story of my work (or more formally)




Hubble News and Images
Bringing important Hubble science results to the media and the public.
Hubble Heritage
Bringing the most visually appealing Hubble images to the public.
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Center of science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope and my place of employment.
Office of Public Outreach (OPO)
My department within STScI, includes news, formal education and informal science and online outreach among other things.
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA, Inc.)
My employer, a not-for-profit university consortium that operates the Space Telescope Science Institute and other observatories.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Funds, operates and maintains the Hubble Space Telescope spacecraft and observatory. Human spaceflight, space science, among many of other activities.
Selected Hubble images and science results
Biggest images (highest resolution)
Very small selection of prettiest pictures
Most significant science
Presentation Resources
Various images, illustrations, text, etc. related to HST and STScI, useful for presentation
Indiana University Astronomy Department
My undergraduate alma mater (BS Astrophysics 1975).

Helix Nebula
Producing color images
Descriptions and references

Creating Hubble's Technicolor Universe (PDF)
Article in Sky & Telescope magazine (Copyright 2002, Sky Publishing Corp.), made available by permission of the publisher.

Making HST Pictures: Examples and Illustrations
Steps in Producing Color HST Pictures

Step-by-step description of producing color images.
More detailed explanation using Photoshop (PDF).

Behind the Pictures
Popular-level description (web pages) of how the pictures are made.

Is that what they really look like?
A slightly more technical description of how the pictures are made.

Why Reality is a Gray Area in Astronomy
Article about color in astronomy at

Coloring the Universe
Part of a report on Hubble and Webb Telescopes from the Online NewsHour

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Gaskin Lake, BWCA

Personal Interests

Photography (digital, mostly): the outdoors, color, light, abstraction
Photo blog, galleries


Outdoors: hiking, canoeing, camping, conservation

Computers and just about anything technical, electronic, or mechanical


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November 6, 2009

39° 19' 57" N. Lat.
76° 37' 23" W. Lon.