Astronomy

Lab Track: Stellar Alchemist

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 list of The 5 Best Songs Hiding On YouTube. I can’t possibly top... »

Guest Post: Islamic Art and the Smithsonian Celestial Globe

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 are required to take two religion classes as part of our general degree requirements. Luckily the types of classes that ... »

Puppets and Astronomers

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 Cosmoquest‘s Nicole Gugliucci by Apollo at the Star Party the night before Dragon*Con. For November we brought in Phil Puppet&... »

Hangout With Us on Learning Space

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 some time chatting about the relationship of art and science and… space- the final frontier. Ok, I promise not... »

Illustrated Astronomy – Our Universe

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 young. What sort of experiences shape us as artists, as people? For me, I point to th... »

Random Acts of Art: 3.24 Astronomy is Beautiful

Random Acts of Art: 3.24 Astronomy is Beautiful

Rumor has it, a whole lot of funding is going to disappear this coming week as NASA feels the effects of huge budget cuts due to sequestration. Hardest hit will be programs designed for outreach and public science communication. It may be up to us, as artists and civilians, to lend a hand and help find private funding and to disseminate the information discovered by scientists in the field of astr... »

Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising

It was the night of February 27th, 2013. Rob and I were driving down a stretch of dark highway when it happened. As we crested a hill something strange appeared at the horizon: an orange, glowing, ovoid object slowly rising from the earth like a distant bubble of blooming magma – fiery and ominous. After the initial surprise of the unsettling sight I quickly realized that it was just the moon. But... »

The Perot Museum: An Oasis of Science

The Perot Museum: An Oasis of Science

With all of the controversy surrounding Texas schools teaching Creationism (including Young Earth Creationism which teaches that the Earth is only 6,000 years old), and Texas Governor Rick Perry stating “In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution,” when he was asked a question by a young boy during his campaign, scientific-minded Texans have cause for alarm. But even in the bible belt there... »

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