Posts tagged “telescope

Witness

An amature astronomer, living in a colony on one of the moons of his home world, looks into the night sky with his telescope only to see one of their other moons being struck by what looks to be some kind of weapon. As he stands there watching the destruction of something that has been there his entire life, thoughts begin screaming in his mind. The thought that is screaming the loudest is, “If this is an attack, how much longer do we have?”

Just something quick I put together (just under two hours). I had an idea for a little story and decided to give it a try. I only spent about an hour and a half on this one so it’s far from perfect but I think it’s still fun. I hope you all enjoy.

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New images of the Martian surface

These are some pretty cool pictures a friend of mine showed me. So cool in fact that I thought I’d show all of you! The images are from NASA. Some from a telescope but most from space probes in orbit around the planet. It just goes to show you that no matter where you go, art is everywhere! I hope you enjoy them.


I can’t believe I just saw this!

I know that I’ve posted a few non art related things recently and I have one more. I had to post this because it seems so off the wall to me, I honestly dont’ understand why this exists!

I found this while I was grabbing the image for my telescope post the other day. I had to look around to make sure this thing was real before I posted it but here it is. Someone actually made this and people have actually bought it! Maybe it’s just me that’s crazy here but what’s the point? If any of you can think of a useful purpose for this feel free to let me know.

Also, here is a link to a video of this thing in action.


Astronomy Fact

As I’m sure you’ve all guessed by now, I’m a huge fan of space art. Well why is that? I’ve talked about it in a couple of my older posts but the answer is astronomy. Both today and as a kid I’m mesmerized by astronomy. I love its ability to let the imagination roam as well as a lot of the history and facts behind different aspects of it. I wanted to start sharing some quick facts with everyone from time to time just as a way to have a little fun and maybe even let you in on some things you may not have known.

My first fact I wanted to share is a simple one. Who invented the telescope? Well, I know what you’re probably thinking. You’re either thinking you have absolutely no idea or maybe you’re thinking it was Galileo, in either case let me give you the right answer. The telescope was invented by a German man named Hans Lippershey in 1608. At least that’s the year that he submitted a patent for the invention.

Lippershey was a spectacle maker living in the Netherlands in the 1590’s. The Italians came up with some new glass making techniques which soon found their way around Europe. These new techniques gave some people ideas about how to combine lenses to do things other than sit on your face. Many telescope designs were seen around the same time period but Lippershey was the only one who applied for a patent so as far as we know he was the first. He gets credit for inventing the telescope but it was still Galileo who first used a telescope for astronomical purposes.

I hope this gave you a bit of useless information that you didn’t already know. I’ll try to post something similar each week and maybe you’ll have a pool full of useless knowledge that you can try to impress your friends with!