Senior Jacob Bers’s astrophotography featured at “Point of View” exhibit


"M42 in the Dust." Courtesy of Jacob Bers

The Oracle

Written by Kristy Garcia Blackburn

Senior Jacob Bers’s astronomy photographs are being featured at the district office’s “Point of View” exhibit from Sept. 21 through Oct. 23. Yesterday, Bers and Palo Alto High School senior William Dougall were honored at a reception to kick off the artwork display. Curated by District Art Coordinator Sharon Ferguson, the display was created to honor the diversity of success found across the district and to showcase advanced art students who go beyond classroom assignments. According to Ferguson’s description of the exhibit, “these students take pictures that make us feel, think, and want to know more about how they do their art and why it is so important to them. They have tapped into the power of art to communicate ideas, feelings and connectedness.”

Ferguson called Bers an astronomer and an astrophotographer who uses photographic gear, connected to a telescope, to capture the night sky. Recently, one of Bers’s photos was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as “Astronomy Picture of the Day.” The Royal Photographic Society also showcased two of his photos in a science exhibition that traveled the United Kingdom.

Bers’s photos can be viewed at 25 Churchill St. The exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

To see more of Bers’s photography, visit his Flickr or Astrobin.