Re: Please Please Please go to (latest) plan.
I don't get the argument about colouring.
E-M waves are a mixture of frequencies. Surely the important scientific information is (the fourier transformation of) that spectrum for each point the telescope can distinguish? The tiny subset of that information that happens to be perceivable by cells in the human eye is almost irrelevant.
I presume that would be much too much information to process, store and communicate down to earth. So, some compromises are made. How does Hubble do image data collection? Does it use RGB and normal graphics formats? With compression? Or does it use more than 3 detectors? or detectors programmable to different frquencies and multiple passes?
And what will James Webb use? If it is infrared it certainly can't be using standard RGB. Is it also using 3 frequencies to look for? Or what?
Whatever the mechanisms, the most important scientific data is presumably in the numbers themselves. But visualising them can be useful for both scientists and the public at large. There can be no expectation that the visualisations use accurate colours, particularly for the data outside the visible spectrum. But it might be useful if they tended to map the range (red for lowest frequencies, violet for highest).