Sky Walker: NASA picks Jimmy Walker pix as astronomy photo of the day

Iris Nebula
Jimmy Walker's photo of the Iris Nebula was selected to be NASA's astronomy photograph for Aug. 2.
By Mark Aumann

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, August 16, 2014 | 12:44 p.m.

Ryder Cup-bound Jimmy Walker is not only a rising star on the PGA Tour, but his photographs of the heavens have turned a few heads skyward as well.

Walker's hobby -- and perhaps his passion -- is astrophotography. He has a pretty impressive setup at his home in Boerne, Texas, and sometimes takes his equipment on the road with him. Here's part of his introduction on his website:

"Astrophotography for me represents everything I enjoy in life. I love being outside. I play professional golf and this has always been a part of my life. I enjoy the technical aspect of setting up the equipment and taking images. Also, the artistic side of putting the pictures together and putting my personal touch and thought into each final product."

His photo of the Iris Nebula, otherwise known as NGC 7023, was selected as NASA's astronomy picture of the day for August 2, with explanation written and edited by Michigan Tech's Robert Nemiroff, a professor of physics and co-creater of the site, and University of Maryland astrophysicist Jerry Bonnell, who just happens to work at NASA's Goddard Flight Space Center.

If you'd like to see more of Walker's astrophotography, his gallery is located here. You can even buy prints online.