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Before There was Sagan: How Helen Sawyer Hogg Brought Astronomy to the People. (Women in Science 74)

Before, “The cosmos is all there is, all there ever was, all there ever will be,” there was, “The stars belong to everyone,” the watch-phrase of a woman who spent three decades in energizing the wider world, through her newspaper columns and television appearances, with a profound curiosity about the …

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She Filled the Sky: The Iron Astronomy of Annie Jump Cannon (Women in Science 70).

350,000 stars classified. It’s one of astronomy’s unbreakable and frankly not even approachable records, the scientific equivalent of the Ripken Streak.  Seven hours a day, six days a week, for forty-four years, one woman bent herself to the task of creating an ultimate chart of the night sky, with each …

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Mad Art Cast: Sunken Treasure, Antikythera and special Guest Jim Tigwell

Welcome to another episode of Mad Art Cast with special guest and Mad Art Lab contributor, Jim Tigwell! This is a fascinating episode about sunken treasure, unearthed secrets and specifically the Antikythera, a rare astronomy teaching tool! Really interesting stuff! Listen in below or find us on iTunes! Read this …

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The Mysteries of Antikythera

Over a hundred years ago, the wreck of a treasure ship was found off the coast of Antikythera. It was the kind of discovery you hear about in movies, statues and coins laying at the bottom of the sea for thousands of years, a wealth of riches and knowledge. A Roman …

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This global view of Pluto is a mosaic of 15 individual LORRI frames captured from a distance of about 170,000 kilometers around 08:45 on July 14, 2015. It has a resolution of about 850 meters per pixel. NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Emily Lakdawalla
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Raw Space Image Editing for Dummies

Join me in my labors as I try to teach myself how to grab raw images from NASA or some other generous space agency and edit them into hopefully glorious megafiles for printing. I make a lot of space themed art. I’ve seen other artists doing very cool things with …

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Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Video: JF Salgado (Adler Planetarium, Vectors & Pixels Unlimited). Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
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KV 265’s Cosmic Convergence of Science and Culture

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a dazzling night of music and astronomy films by Jose Francisco Salgado in collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. I had seen clips of his memeworthy films from time to time on social media. It is impossible for Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy and other …

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Speculative Biology via Twitter!

Last Friday, I started a game where via Twitter polls I collaborated with followers to make a planetary system, and will be doing a series of speculative biology illustrations to go with it. Here’s the discussion that led up to it. [View the story “SpecBio Crowdsource” on Storify]

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A Million Dollar Mad Art Cast with Special Guest Dr Pamela Gay

This podcast is worth a million bucks. 11.5 million to be exact! That’s the amount of grant money given to science communicator and astronomer Dr Pamela Gay’s research and outreach program known as Cosmo Quest! And we are SO darn happy about it! Many of us here at Mad Art …

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