Artist Yoshiyuki Koinuma, based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, works with painting, drawing and collage. His work—which he says is influenced by computer games, biology, science fiction, and Japanese comics—invites spectators to “enjoy themselves, evoking their surreal imagination, made of fantasy worlds and outer space.” Yoshiyuki became interested in astronomy and science fiction as a young child, watching a Japanese sci-fi TV drama called Ultraman . After learning that Ultraman came from Galaxy M78 to save Earth from an alien invasion, he asked his mother where M78 is. She responded by giving him some books about the Universe and the Galaxy—after...

In 2003 Dr. Terenzi debut two original collections she designed of stellar jewelries for "ShopNBC" called "GemAllure" in white gold with diamonds and blue zaffire and for "QVC Japan" called "Stellare" in silver, in which each jewelers resemble shapes, color and symmetries of the celestial objects she observed in the night sky. "The jewelry you hold is timeless and eternal. The beauty of our cosmos is held within each piece. May the brilliance, radiance and wisdom of the Sun, Earth and Moon be with you, and may you always be reminded of your own eternal star-light." The synergy between these...

The link between music and astronomy has deep historical roots. Pythagoras, in his notion of the “Music of the Spheres,” associated vibration ratios of strings with movements of the planets. In the Middle Ages, both music and astronomy – along with arithmetic and geometry – were considered to be part of a group of disciplines known as the quadrivium. William Herschel, often considered to be the father of modern astronomy, was a composer, organist, and central figure in the musical life of Bath, England during the late 1700s. The fabulous Herschel Museum in Bath has an entire room with exhibits...

Every day that our sun shines upon us, it is offering a wonderfully close view of a star, but we can barely stand the sight of it. Yet at night, from our tiny perch in the Milky Way, we can gaze and marvel at billions of stars. It is not a star that impresses us, it is the expansive darkness it is what we don't see that can matter most. We think of the universe as a cold and silent place, but it calls to us everyday in a voice that seems to be without timbre, and so deeply silent...

Fiorella Terenzi is an Italian-born astrophysicist and composer currently based in the United States. She earned her Ph.D in physics from the University of Milan, and studied music composition at the Conservatorio G. Verdi, also in Milan. She is a pioneer of techniques to represent radio signals from galaxies as sound, and is perhaps best known for her CD Music from the Galaxies. Music from the Galaxies is an amazing CD featuring music based on radio signals from the galaxy UGC 6697, seen in the center of this image ( http://dso-browser.com/dso/info/UGC/6697 ). UGC 6697 is a member of the Leo...

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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.