Sunday, August 30, 2009
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
SPLIT SKY: "On my way to view the Perseid meteor shower on August 11th, I witnessed a spectacular sunset," reports Tyler Burg of Little Sioux, Iowa. "The sky seemed to split in half!"
The dark half was a vast shadow, Burg realized, and he looked around to find the source. "The shadow was cast by a thunderstorm floating between me and the sun," he says. "It was crackling beautifully with lightning."
"Later that night I witnessed 217 meteors in a 6 hour observing session," says Burg. "It was the greatest number of meteors I've ever seen in one night. In one outburst there were 41 meteors in 30 minutes, and once I saw 5 Perseids in only 30 seconds!"
PERSEID OUTBURST: Last night, amateur astronomer Chris Peterson witnessed a flurry of bright Perseids streaking over his observatory in Guffey, Colorado. "Here are the 96 brightest recorded by my all-sky camera," he says.
Peterson plotted the frequency of events and found "a clear outburst of meteor activity around 0800 UT on Aug. 12th." That's exactly when NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office said Earth would run into a filament of dust shed by Perseid parent Comet Swift-Tuttle in 1610. Their prediction beautifully matches actual worldwide meteor counts--a demonstration that meteor science has moved into the realm of precision forecasting.
The outburst is over but the meteor shower is still underway. Stray comet dust is hitting Earth's atmosphere at 130,000 mph, producing an drizzle of 50 or more Perseids per hour. If it is dark where you live, be alert for shooting stars.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Thursday, August 6, 2009
“An artist has created a stunning series of sea urchin sculptures made entirely from coloured pencils. American sculptor Jen Maestre can spend up to two months on each of her intricate creations, inspired by the sea creature’s organic form. The 49-year-old must cut hundreds of sharpened pencils into one-inch sections for each piece, drilling a hole in every one so they can be stitched together. Ms Maestre’s obsession with prickly creatures began while studying at Massachusetts College of Art. ‘I found that nails, pushed through window screen worked well, and I could use many different types and textures and colors of nails.’ She started making her pencil sculptures ten years ago and her work has since been featured in countless exhibitions and sculpture shows.” w/ photos
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Talks Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture
About this talk
Willard Wigan tells the story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability -- to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye. His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling.
About Willard Wigan
Willard Wigan sculpts figures small enough to fit on the head of a pin. To create these microscopic masterpieces, he works diligently through the stillest hours of the night, between his own… Full bio and more links