Rare Book: Wunderzeichenbuch, or ‘Book Of Miracles’, 1552
“In AD 1119, fiery arrows or spears appeared in the sky, everywhere in the whole sky. And stars fell from the sky and when water was poured over them, they made a sound or screamed.”
It doesn’t exactly have the militaristic crispness of a Patrick Moore, but in these words (or, at least, their High German equivalent) we can see the modern science of astronomy emerging from under a shroud of superstition and folklore. The words are taken from an unparalleled Wunderzeichenbuch – or “book of miracles” – recently sold by James Faber, of Bond Street fine-art dealers Day & Faber. The miracles in question, all 167 of them, are hand-painted in gouache and watercolor and arranged in chronological order, from Old Testament scenes (the Flood, the parting of the Red Sea) to the Last Judgement. The main body of the work, however, is given over to events from recorded history, apocalyptic scenes such as a rain of meat in Liguria or a plague of vipers in Hungary; it’s a Renaissance equivalent of cranks’ newsletter The Fortean Times, albeit with a distinct focus on the astronomical. Some 60 or so of the folios depict cosmic events, particularly comets, painted with inventive élan and highlighted with gold leaf.
Space Colony Art from the 1970s
Space Settlements / spreading life throughout the solar system
"I know that humans will colonize the solar system and one day go beyond." Mike Griffin, former NASA Administrator.
A billion years ago there was no life on land. In a phenomenal development, by 400 million years ago land life was well established. We are at the very beginning of a similar, perhaps even more important, development. Today Earth teems with life, but as far as we know, in the vast reaches of space there are only a handful of astronauts, a few plants and animals, and some bacteria and fungi; mostly on the International Space Station. We can change that. In the 1970’s Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill, with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University, discovered that we can build gigantic spaceships, big enough to live in. These free-space settlements could be wonderful places to live; about the size of a California beach town and endowed with weightless recreation, fantastic views, freedom, elbow-room in spades, and great wealth. In time, we may see millions of free-space settlements in our solar system alone. Building them, particularly the first one, is a monumental challenge.
A trip to Orion and Horsehead Nebula
The Horsehead Nebula, a part of the optical nebula IC434 and also known as Barnard 33, was first recorded in 1888 on a photographic plate taken at the Harvard College Observatory. Its coincidental appearance as the profile of a horse’s head and neck has led to its becoming one of the most familiar astronomical objects. It is, in fact, an extremely dense cloud projecting in front of the ionized gas that provides the pink glow so nicely revealed in this GIF.
The Holographic Universe Principle: What is & What Should Never be
as read on fromquarkstoquasars.com
Given all of the recent coverage on the radical idea that the universe is one massive hologram, we thought we would take a few minutes to delve into what that really means for us. Basically, the holographic universe principle suggests that we’re living in a simulated reality (different from the hypothesis that states we live in a computer simulation), where our physical world is nothing more than a detailed illusion. This illusion is actually projected by our brains, as energy fields are being decoded into the seemingly 3 dimensional universe we see around us. In a more speculative sense, the theory suggests that the entire universe can be seen as a two-dimensional information structure, which is “painted” on the cosmological horizon, such that the three dimensions (four, if you include time) we observe are only an effective description at macroscopic scales and at low energies.
Earth’s natural Satellite
I’ve been thinking for some days now, what would be my greeting post for blog’s come back from the long vacation.
I’ve been thinking that I wanted to share an experience, something I saw during these days, and surprised me at such a level that I would like to share it here with you… Then again, everything would be like just another post.
Then I thought, what really amazed me this summer and in this year so far was the night sky.
a greeting post with a variety of videos inspired by the moon…
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Saturn hurricane snapped by Cassini craft
An enormous hurricane raging at Saturn’s north pole has an eye 2,000km (1,250mi) across - big enough to cover the UK 12 times over.
The striking images of the storm were snapped from a height of 420.000km (260,000mi) by the Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in 2004.
They were captured in red and infrared wavelengths and have been false-coloured to show detail.
Remember our previous video post on our sub-blog on space OVERVIEW?
OVERVIEW is actually the prelude to Planetary Collective’s forthcoming project CONTINUUM, a feature documentary film about our deep interdependence with each other, the planet and the universe. They tell us that this perspective is the key to understanding the grave crises we currently face as a civilisation and as a planet. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here it is (video above)…
Planetary Collective a team of three self-taught filmmakers who took a chance, quit their jobs, and have been living in the back of trucks and on people’s floors for nearly two years in order to make this film a reality. And with your support in this final phase they will be able to launch the film in February, 2014. If you haven’t seen the project, please check out the Kickstarter page and make a pledge. There are only 12 days left in the campaign, so please do so before March 24th.