AstroArt Workshop: Beauty of the Heavens
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Here we will combine art and the beautiful universe using NASA's MicroObservatory during this week-long workshop. We'll also compare objects in space to things we see in the earth's oceans. You'll be working with an astronomer, Kevin Manning, who was a Consultant for NASA, worked with space telescopes, and won an international award for astrocreativity. Kevin will guide you through requesting images from robotic telescopes and process those images like professional astronomers do. Cosmic Images Across the Spectrum will require using a search engine, locate and download images of the selected object taken by detectors sensitive to various frequencies in radio, infrared, ultraviolet, X-rays and gamma rays, and assemble with the processed visible image. Then, information for each selected object, such as type of object, when discovered and by who, constellation found in with its celestial coordinates, apparent and true size, brightness, etc. will be compiled onto a page or "block" and submitted to be added to a “Cosmic Quilt.” Color poster-sized printouts of all blocks submitted can be assembled for a physical Cosmic Quilt and put on display as an exhibit for all to see. This is just the beginning of the week-long multidisciplinary project that will have extraordinary tangible results. You've never seen anything like this before!
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