Art Plus Science Equals Fun "Lucy at the easel painting Jupiter" Growing up there was never any doubt in my mind that I would become a professional artist. But what has surprised me is how the arts led to my love of science. Over the last decade I've realized I get very excited about science, engineering and how nature works, and how that has influences what I paint. It was my artistic nature that first took notice of the beauty in geology, astronomy, astrophysics and planetary science. The more I studied these veins the more I began to see the...

“Celestial Northwest” Part 1: How To Create a Space Artist I came into this world in 1964 during one of the most extraordinary times in history. NASA was in full swing of sending men and the first Gemini and Apollo crafts into orbit around our planet. I was plunked down on the good Earth just as some of us were learning how to leave it. Space exploration has been the foundation of my very existence, especially when considering that my father worked for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, MO building parts for Mercury and Gemini spacecrafts. Four years later, I...

Time-Now From an early childhood, my interest was partly focused on the Mayan culture - known for its art, monumental architecture, advanced mathematics and a wide range of astronomical knowledge - but it hadn't been for a couple of years until I was able to learn more, in-depth information about them. I was limited by a lack or unwise use of time. Following years of planning, I created a physical day-to-day reminder, combining several, personally important aspects about time. Most of all, I wished to reflect on its unstoppable nature. That is how the idea came along to create a...

“Satisfaction by Lunar Eclipse” I hardly ever feel satisfied and it seems I am not alone with said sensation. However, looking at the Moon fills my heart with satisfaction - in an attempt to balance my general discontent. As clear as the starry night sky can I recall an experience from March 3rd, 2007, witnessing a lunar eclipse for the very first time. Prior to the sighting, I was much dissatisfied, because I knew I would have to stay up for it alone, unable to share my joy with anyone else. MULUK Pouting and hurrying, I took my camera fitted...

"Curiosity" I'm curious about what dawn will bring... the next one, the one after it, and all the rest. A new day, fragrances in an unknown garden, solving a task, a conversation whose time has come, experiencing something new, the idea that life can offer more and become more beautiful. What will the embrace feel like that I've been waiting for so long? Throughout our voyage, we can witness changes of shapes and colors. The melody, that we fall in love with, and can remind ourselves of what's important - that which we try to get closer every day. Constantly...

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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.