Celebrating 75 Years of Discovery

Palomar Science Meeting 2018
Promotional Artwork

Promotional artwork for Palomar Science Meeting 2018 (PSM2018).

Limited edition, available now! 18"×24" versions of these posters are available for purchase from the COO administrative office at Cahill, the Palomar gift shop, and the Caltech bookstore.

“Big Eye.” (Palomar/Caltech Archives/A.Mejía)

“Traditions.” (Palomar/Caltech/A.Mejía)

“Menace.” (Palomar/Caltech/A.Mejía)

“Open Late” (Palomar/Caltech/A.Mejía)

Hale Telescope dome composite. (Palomar/Caltech/A.Mejía)

Flyer for the commemoration/public event. (Palomar/Caltech/A.Mejía)

  • “Big Eye” poster/image: Inspired by the covers of science fiction pulps from the 1940s and 50s, this poster uses as background a painting by J.D. Crimi that had been originaly used as cover of the January 1946 issue of Popular Science magazine. Crimi's depiction is based on a 1939 charcoal drawing by R.W. Porter. The painting was subsequently given to Caltech's John Anderson by the magazine editor, and is now part of the Caltech Archives collection.
  • “Traditions” poster/image: inspired by travel and event posters of the 1930s and 40s.
  • “Menace” poster/image: inspired by mid-century science-fiction comics, where Palomar was often instrumental in discovering impending doom from outer space.
  • “Open Late” poster/image: inspired by mid-century Googie architecture and drawings.
  • “Commemoration” flyer/image: inspired by printed ads from the 1930s and 40s.
  • Hale Dome 70th Anniversary "fade" image: A composite from a pastel by R.W. Porter from the 1930s, a black and white photograph from the 1940s, and a contemporary digital image meant to represent 70 years of Palomar Observatory and Hale Telescope history.

Promotional media for PSM2018 was created by Annie Mejía, former computational astronomer who now specializes in science promotion and exhibit displays. For more information about Dr. Mejía and her work please visit the acm X-eBITS website.


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