Introduction Singapore, 1999. I was lying on the grass, looking up into the night sky. A few of my friends and I had gathered on the lawn of an abandoned building overlooking the Singapore Strait to watch the Leonids which, according to the newspaper, were going to be spectacular that year. We sipped wine out of plastic cups, listened to the macaques play in the Banyan trees, and soaked in the balmy, humid night air. None of us had any idea about astronomy. I had bought a copy of Nightwatch by Terence Dickinson and was leafing through the star maps...

I have just returned from the International Astronautical Congress 2015, held in Jerusalem, Israel. It has been a very hectic week during which I met some very interesting artists working with Space. Every week for the next month or so, I will be posting an interview with the artists that I think are developing some great projects in this field of research. This week our guest is Juan Jose Díaz Infante, who in 2010 started thinking of the possibility of sending a satellite into Space with an artistic and social message. During your presentation I was really inspired by how...

In this final post, I'll talk about what is arguably the most difficult and time-consuming part of any music album – post-production. I had heard from others what to expect, but even so, I was surprised by how challenging this stage of the project would turn out to be. By way of background – I had decided, even before the recording session, that I would have two “cover songs” on the album, that is, two pieces that I did not write. Having one or two recognizable tunes on a debut album can be very helpful in getting people interested in...

AstroArts – September 2015 Post #3 In this post (#3 of 4) I'll talk a bit more about the logistics of setting up the recording session, and some of the technical production of making a live, on-location recording... In September 2014, Nik and I attended a housewarming party where the hostess (an artist) encouraged the guests to contribute their art, so I showed up with a quiver of my favorite flutes. After playing for a while, I re-joined the table where my husband was chatting with other guests. I mentioned having been inspired many years ago by hearing jazz flutist...

In this 2nd of 4 blog posts, I'll talk about the background preparation for the music on Under The Stars, and how I organized the recording session to cover 18 tunes in 3 hours (a fairly remarkable feat considering the “normal” studio recording time ratio is over one hour of recording time for every 3 minutes of a finished tune). I had already decided that an album recorded in an observatory dome would of course be based on astronomy-related themes. Furthermore, I was interested in the star lore of Native American tribes, and decided to use their legends and history...

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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.