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Thierry Legault



Since beginning his journey in 1994, Thierry Legault has had a variety of awards and accomplishments attached to his name. One of his greatest honors was having an asteroid 19458 be officially named Legault by the International Astronomical Union. In 1999, Legault received the Marius Jacquemetton award for photographic works from the Société Astronomique de France in 1999.

In addition to his awards, Thierry Legault has a long history of published and exhibition astroimaging. He has given lectures and photo exhibitions during: NEAF (North East Astronomy Forum, Suffern NY) in 2008 and 2011, RCE (Paris) in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, Québec (Canada) and Ireland in 2012, AIP (Astro Image Processing) workshops in 2008, 2010 and 2012, Festival de Photo de Nature de Montier-en-Der in 2008, Salon de la Photo (Paris) in 2007 and amateurs meetings in France, Germany, Netherlands, Bergium and Greece between 2004 and 2010. His images have been featured in a variety of publications and television networks worldwide including The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, Discovery Channel, Science et Vie, le Monde, le Figaro, le Point, Ca m'Intéresse, TF1, France2, and M6.

He has also channeled his astroimaging success into the production of two books: The New Atlas of the Moon with Serge Brunier (Firefly) and Astrophotographie (Eyrolles). These books highlight his work as well as his imaging process.

Fast Facts

  • Lives near Versailles, in the suburbs of Paris, France
  • Began digital imaging in 1994
  • Currently uses Celestron C14 EdgeHD for imaging satellites
  • Participated in several missions:
    • Crash of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter in July 1994 at the Pic-du-Midi observatory (with Christian Buil)
    • Total eclipses of 2001 (Angola), 2002 (Angola), 2006 (Egypt), 2008 (Russia) and 2009 (China) with Serge Koutchmy
    • Deep sky journey in Angola in 2004 with Serge Koutchmy, Christian Viladrich and Jaime Vilinga

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