Video: The Wanderers

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

Now here is a splendid work of imagination and video craft. Called “Wanderers”, this short video, created by Erik Wernquist, is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System. It’s based on hard science, the ideas and concepts of what the future of manned exploration of the solar system might look like. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System and built from images and map data where available.

The video is overlayed with voice of Carl Sagan reading from his work the Pale Blue Dot.  But there’s no apparent story here. The video primarily shows us a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature of some worlds in our solar system and how they might appear to us if we were there. Many images remind me of the excellent and inspirational vistas created in the mid 20th century by the artist Chesley Bonestell.

Video: The Observatories

The Observatories from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.

The above video was created by astrophotographer Alex Cherney, who won the main prize for the 2014 STARMUS astrophotography competition. Called “The Observatories”, this video shows several optical and radio telescopes in time-lapse motion set against the stars of the southern hemisphere. It is quite beautiful.

An Invitation to Become an Expert Stargazer

TAoS_Logo_250pxAs I mentioned last week, I’ve been putting the finishing touches on “The Art of Stargazing”, the richly-detailed annual stargazing course for those who have a keen desire to look up and see the universe for themselves. It’s finally ready to go for 2014.

And this year, it’s for stargazers in the northern AND southern hemispheres.

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Idle Thoughts of a Steadfast Stargazer

StarsI get many questions from high-schoolers doing projects on astronomy, or interested in careers in astronomy. Most questions are nuts-and-bolts… how long do you have to go to school, what is the work like, how much money do you make, and so on.  But recently I was interviewed recently for an online arts magazine for young people who are looking for a perspective on the stars.  A selection of the questions, and my answers, are below…

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