Akira Fujii

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Akira Fujii
Born (1941-01-12) January 12, 1941 (age 78)

Akira Fujii (藤井 旭, Fujii Akira, January 12, 1941) is a noted Japanese astrophotographer and astronomer. PBS has described him as "the world's foremost wide-angle astrophotographer".[1]

He graduated from Tama Art University in 1961, and began working at observatories, producing a substantial bibliography of general-audience astronomy books. In 1974, Fujii began Japan's first star party, the "Invitation to Starlit Skies", which he hosted on Mount Azuma until 1984.[2]

Fujii's work is marketed by David Malin;[3] he collaborated with Serge Brunier in the production of 2001's Great Atlas of the Stars.[4]

The main-belt asteroid 3872 Akirafujii is named in his honor.[5]


  1. ^ About "Seeing in the Dark", by Timothy Ferris; published March 2008; retrieved June 22, 2011
  2. ^ The History of Tainai Star Party, by Shigemi Numazawa, first published in Sky and Telescope, July 2002; archived at tainai.jp; retrieved June 22, 2011
  3. ^ Astronomical Photographs from David Malin Images, by David Malin; published 30 August 2009; retrieved June 22, 2011
  4. ^ Nonfiction Notes at Publishers Weekly, Volume 248 Issue 40 10/01/2001; retrieved June 22, 2011
  5. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(3872) Akirafujii". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (3872) Akirafujii. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 328–329. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_3861. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.

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