Chicago Magazine Portrait Photographer: Finding a location at the Alder planetarium for this horizontal environmental portrait of Rubina Isaac for The New York Times was harder than you would think. I needed something that would obviously say planetarium, so I came up with these two images.
By Perry Garfinkel, the New York Times
Rubina Isaac, 26, works with educational programs and tours for children at Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
Q. How did you become interested in astronomy?
A. When I was 7 and growing up in Kerala, the gorgeous state on Indiaâ€™s southwest coast, I had the opportunity to get a clear view of a total solar eclipse on Oct. 24, 1995. Being an educator, my mother made sure that my siblings and I watched it, of course wearing eye-protecting filters. It was an unforgettable, formative experience. In midday, the sun slowly disappears, the sky goes dark, birds start chirping like they think itâ€™s nightfall. Ever since then, Iâ€™ve had a million-and-a-half questions about how the universe works. How does everything happen? Where does it come from? Or go? Is there other life out there?
These are profound questions. But do they have anything to do with real life on Earth?
What I like about astronomy is that it not only can explain but it can also predict. Studying asteroid paths can let us know what we need to be aware of and perhaps come up with solutions to prevent those asteroids from hitting the Earth. Science tells us the Earth will probably get too hot to support plant life in several hundred million years, give or take a few million. Itâ€™s not that far away in the larger scheme of things. Learning about the life cycle of other stars helps us understand what might happen to our own sun in that time. I believe science can provide some answers, and, in time, some solutions… Read More