The first serious speculation about interplanetary travel may have been that of John Wilkins, Bishop of Chester, who in 1640 added a new ‘proposition’ to a re-titled edition of his The Discovery of a World in the Moone (1638). Drawing upon the observations of Galileo, Wilkins had suggested that the Moon was a world like our own, that believing this did not contradict Christian belief and that it could well be inhabited. His fourteenth ‘proposition’ in A Discourse Concerning a New Planet went even further. It stated, “That tis possible for some of our posteritie, to find out a conveyance...

An inseparable relationship between space, art and music was forged when I was just a boy. Two albums I’d hear my father playing were Mike Oldfield’s groundbreaking début, Tubular Bells , from 1973, and Jean Michel Jarre’s 1977 breakthrough, Oxygène , which had the most profound effect on. Both albums are today regarded as pioneering masterworks and are still two of my all-time favourite albums that have since inspired my own music. Listen to either album today, and they still sound as unique and exciting as when they first appeared. On the living room wall at home hung a large...

I distinctly remember the first time that I saw space art as a child. It wasn’t artwork of the moon or planets, nor was it of distant stars and galaxies, or even of people working in Earth orbit. It was Chris Foss’ book, ‘21st Century Foss’ and it still influences the way I think about space today. Foss, a British artist, paints science fiction art of vast starships with vibrant colour and shape cruising through the cosmos. It went far beyond the science fiction of the silver screen and in the vistas that Foss depicted almost anything seemed possible. The...

BY DANIELA DE PAULIS Richard Clar, Spaceflight Dolphin sculpture/satellite - Illustration by Edgar Duncan1982 AstroArts will be celebrating its first year of activities in January 2014! On behalf of all AstroArts team and Astronomers Without Borders I would like to thank the artists who made this new program so interesting and innovative. The AstroArts posts are valuable resources for both professionals and amateurs in the field of arts and astronomy. The artists featured in the program cover a wide range of media and forms, from the visual to the sound arts, making astronomy an even more inspiring topic. Dr. Fiorella...

BY KATHLEEN HORNER The Earth as seen during the four seasons. Credit: Tau Ľolunga/Wikimedia Commons The Shortest Day And so the Shortest Day came and the year died And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep the year alive. And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake They shouted, revelling. Through all the frosty ages you can hear them Echoing behind us - listen! All the long echoes, sing...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.