Night, 1904, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. Lithuanian painter, Composer and Writer (1875 - 1911)
- Pastel on Paper -
This beautiful aurora and starfield were photographed by one of the Expedition 6 crew members aboard the International Space Station.
Image credit: NASA
Earth isn’t the only planet in the solar system with spectacular light shows. Both Jupiter and Saturn have magnetic fields much stronger than Earth’s. Auroras also have been observed on the surfaces of Venus, Mars and even on moons (e.g. Io, Europa, and Ganymede). The auroras on Saturn are created when solar wind particles are channeled into the planet’s magnetic field toward its poles, where they interact with electrically charged gas (plasma) in the upper atmosphere and emit light. Aurora features on Saturn can also be caused by electromagnetic waves generated when its moons move through the plasma that fills the planet’s magnetosphere. The main source is the small moon Enceladus, which ejects water vapor from the geysers on its south pole, a portion of which is ionized. The interaction between Saturn’s magnetosphere and the solar wind generates bright oval aurorae around the planet’s poles observed in visible, infrared and ultraviolet light. The aurorae of Saturn are highly variable. Their location and brightness strongly depends on the Solar wind pressure: the aurorae become brighter and move closer to the poles when the Solar wind pressure increases.
Credit: ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. Calçada)
NASA released a satellite image of India from the evening of the festive holiday of Diwali, the celebration of lights
Charles Spencelayh (1865–1958), Burning Zeppelin (Cuffley) Sept 3rd 1916,
oil on canvasboard
The Godlike Mythological and Geometric Paintings of Miriam Escofet
My ‘arrival’ at painting has been a slightly unusual one, in the sense that I purposely set out to study a skills based 3D Design course, where I specialized in ceramics. My rationale for this being that I have always loved the ‘making process’ and I am very interested in the three dimensional and textural quality of objects and spaces. I worked in clay for some years after leaving Art College, whilst starting to get commissions for paintings (mainly watercolours at the time). The painting evolved from this and eventually took up all my time. Drawing and making are still at the core of the work, but painting allows me to invent other spaces and ideas with no physical constraints.
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