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WIP Weekend-pi Moonglow

This is a continuous beadweaving spiral of three printed pages of the digits of pi. I changed the color-coded number palette three times. The moon is proportionally larger than it would be in the night sky with 22-degree halo. I wanted to express a good moon-like texture so it had …

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Mad Art Cast: Art and Astronomy with Special Guest Maki Naro!

    Links for this episode:  Neil deGrasse Tyson did an r/Art AMA and talked about Sci-Fi and robots. Shout out to listener Alexandra C.! “NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society will offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by and using actual NASA imagery …

Black Hole image made on a scanner bed by Navid Baraty
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Mad Quickies: Scanner Bed Astronomy, Imaginary Street Maps, Dancing Paper Cranes and More!

I have some Mad Art Cast business to attend to (I have to watch a movie… for research), so I’m gonna cut the the chase: HERE ARE YOUR WEDNESDAY QUICKIES. You tried to do this at your office holiday party, but artist Navid Baraty has taken scanning full moons to …

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Lab Track: Stellar Alchemist

Today’s Lab Track, suggested by Jamie Bernstein, features the sound of a star remixed into an electronica track and combined with some clever lyrics about nucleosynthesis. Cool, no? Cracked thought so. They named this particular track — Stellar Alchemist by Kim Boekbinder, aka The Impossible Girl — #1 on their …

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Guest Post: Islamic Art and the Smithsonian Celestial Globe

This is a guest post from Skepchick Network contributor Benny! Benny is best know for his writing on Queereka and we were thrilled when he asked us to post this article on islamic art and it’s link to astronomy. Enjoy! From Benny: Since I am attending a Catholic college we …


Puppets and Astronomers

Due to my shoddy memory, and thinking I had other posts mostly ready to go, I forgot to post the latest Death By Puppets video in October. The good thing to come out of this is that now you get two new videos. October’s release was this fantastic interview with …

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Hangout With Us on Learning Space

Tonight, the fine folks of Cosmo Quest are letting some of us Mad Art Labbers crash their weekly party and join them during their “Learning Space” Google hangout. Astronomy has been a big influence in my ongoing Surly art projects and so I am thrilled to be able to spend …

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Illustrated Astronomy – Our Universe

Aliens! Gods and Godesses! Enormous Space Stations! Rocket Ships and Shuttles! Old, Dead People From History! Am I talking about the new Michael Bay Summer blockbuster? NO! I’m talking about The National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Universe! I like to think about how artists are influenced when they are …