Dan Durda is a self-proclaimed Renaissance man. Scientist, artist, spelunker, pilot, he even has an asteroid named after him (6141 Durda).
In this 3 part blog, Dan exclusively writes for AWB about how his love for art and science naturally came together. From traditional media to now digital. What has inspired him the most is other worlds.
For 20+ years as a professional astrophysist Dan's studied asteroids, however his passion for exoplanets remains. "My love of exoplanets and alien life lives on through my artwork.."
Join our AstroArtist of the month in his discovery of artistic growth in our AstroArt blog.
AstroPoetry of the Week
Our AstroPoetry comes from our frequent contributor, Harley White where he writes about that all essential element: Water, Water. Here's an excerpt:
‘Water’ seems a fitting title of this rhyme on something vital for the beings we take care of and the others we’re aware of.
Life on Earth depends on water, whether human or sea otter, fish or fowl, whatever creatures having some subsistence features.
This month's hangout will be held on October 30th at 16:00 UT.
We have a great line up of guests this month with Vivian White, an astronomy educator at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Gianluca Masi, host of The Virtual Telescope and Tim Zweip, AstroArtist.
Vivian White will share her journey to India where she met with Tibetan monks and taught them about astronomy. She says in her blog, that although they are quite knowledgeable and well educated, before Vivian visited, they had not been really exposed to modern science. With her, she brought a OneSky telescope which initiated conversations about their own stories that they learned as children about the different constellations in the sky. What an adventure she had and now she will be sharing her story with us.
Gianluca Masi will be chatting about his passion of sharing the night sky, not to just the locals, but to the world. If you have an internet connection, you can join him in his journeys through the night sky. Just last week, he hosted a show that featured comet Siding Spring closely grazing our Red Neighbor, Mars. He will be talking about his shows and his Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a new CCD for The Virtual Telescope Project.
Graphics designer Tim Zweip shows us his new book about the Golden Record traveling on the Voyager spacecraft that are headed to interstellar space. The record includes sounds and sights of Earth up to launch in the 1970's, with greetings to whoever encounters these first emissaries from Earth millennia from now. You can check out his exhibition work here.
We're looking for volunteers to man our booth and tell everybody about AWB and the OneSky telescope at the Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo. If you are available for the dates November 1st and 2nd and will be in the Tuscon area, please let us know by emailing Mike Simmons. You will receive a free pass for the day that you're there!
We're Gearing Up for GAM 2015
If you have attended GAMs of the past and have photos you would like to see in this year's trailer, we're currently looking for relavant pictures for just that purpose. Please refer to the submission rules here.
Calling for Art!
Global Astronomy Month 2015 among many events will feature AstroArt. We are looking for contributers of all forms of media. If astronomy moves you to create, why not send in a proposal? Take a look at the rules for submission. The deadline is December 15.
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