So Let Us Go Dark Currently, natural darkness is decreasing as human civilisation continues to grow and expand. Lights are becoming brighter, and subsequently our beautiful night sky is becoming masked.  I believe that viewing the night sky is incredibly important and that astronomy helps us to understand how precious life is. For example, the further we delve into space, the more we realise how rare our little pocket of life is in the entirety of time and space. If our night sky becomes obscured by light pollution, what implications will this have on our future generations?   These images...

Royal Astronomical Society Visit Glass Plates   FIRST LIGHT   The first use of a telescope to take an astronomical image after it has been constructed. The light emitted from the first generation of hyper-stars, formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang.   Royal Astronomical Society Visit Glass Plates   My research is concerned with the parallel histories of photography and astronomy since the 19 th Century. Through my studies I would like to know how the study of light and astronomy has affected our perception of the universe.     UCL SPACE History Archive Visit  ...

Interview with Nahum I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Nahum, a space artist with dual residences in London and Mexico City who organizes KOSMICA Mexico City for the Arts Catalyst. Here’s our conversation about the massive exhibition “La Gravedad de los Asuntos” (“Matters of Gravity”), a traveling show of conceptual artworks made by Nahum and eight other Mexican artists during a recent zero gravity flight with support from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Nahum is the project’s Director. Ale de la Puente is the Artistic Director.   Ale de la Puente,  An Infinity without...

Space Art Is in the Eye of the Beholder As an artist, I have found myself deep in the minutiae and logistics of what it would be to live in space. I’m making greenhouse prototypes, researching bonsai for use as philosophical/poetic objects for space travel, and developing an astronaut Homesickness Kit. But I am most concerned about how we retain our humanity in an Earth-deprived environment. Earth contributes to the way we think about ourselves, which is even reflected in our language. Our cultures have developed in relationship to their site-specific environments, and our bodies have adapted physically to living...

Last part of the blog is devoted to aurora- a luminous atmospheric phenomenon appearing as streamers or bands of light sometimes visible in the night sky in northern or southern regions of the earth. It is caused by charged particles from the sun entering the earth's magnetic field and stimulating molecules in the atmosphere.  As I could find out the colour of light they emit depends upon the type of gas the particles collide with.  Light that is dominated by emissions from atomic oxygen causes a greenish and dark-red glow.  Blue light is a result of atomic nitrogen, while purple...

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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.