I'm honored to be the AstroArtist for the month of September, 2015. In this 4-part blog, I'll talk a bit about my musical background, the inspiration behind the astronomy-based theme of my album Under The Stars, and the recording/mastering process. Recorded live on location November 2, 2014 in the 100-inch Hooker telescope dome at Mount Wilson Observatory (Pasadena, California), the album follows in the path of Paul Horn's famous 1969 album Inside The Taj Mahal. In a similar fashion, I wanted to capture a completely improvised, live musical experience that was specific to the place, the time, and the amazing...

The Galactic Visions of Michael C. Turner "Cosmic Prophecy" ©2014/2015 Michael C. Turner ~ Galactic Visions Space Art (Digitally Created) This painting depicts a cosmic scene of a spiral galaxy viewed from an unusual angle revealing the nature of its spiral arms which sweep deep into intergalactic space displaying an array of galactic treasures. Galaxies are like island universes in the greater whole of the Cosmos and are homes to myriad astronomical phenomena manifesting as stars and their system of planets, moons, and an array of lesser astronomical objects such as planetoids, asteroids, cometoids, and other exotic objects. Everything in...

The Galactic Visions of Michael C. Turner “Galactic Runes” ©1994/2015 Michael C. Turner ~ Galactic Visions Space Art For my third post I am sharing more of my Galactic Visions Space Art paintings along with my thoughts about the art and scientific phenomena. Most of these images come from my late early years and “middle years” of the 1980s and 1990s. These are the years that truly established the foundation of my space art and brought a deeper focus on the philosophical as well as the artistic imagery that has become my artist icon. I have always sought to create...

The Galactic Visions Of Michael C. Turner In my fist post I shared that my space art spans six decades. Actually the inspiration behind my art spans seven decades since I was born in 1952. My earliest recollections are of gazing at the starry sky and wondering just what those gently twinkling orbs of light actually were. I would imagine flying there on my own power, an early influence of the iconic Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves as the "strange visitor from another planet." Obviously this was an Earth-like planet, a kind of "Super-Earth!" During those early impressionable years...

THE GALACTIC VISIONS OF MICHAEL C. TURNER ☆For my first blog post I would like to share a bit of my background with this article I wrote for the webzine "Amazing Stories" which is essentially my artist's bio. It is written in the third person perspective as is usual for such documents. The “Galactic Visions” of Michael C. Turner transports viewers into a fabulously mysterious universe filled with light and color. His canvases are filled with extrasolar worlds, galaxies of stars, brilliantly glowing nebulae, pulsars, quasars, black holes, and other bizarre cosmic phenomena. At first, one might consider these images...

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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.