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Comet PanSTARRS and the Helix Nebula : Its rare that such different objects are imaged so close together. Such an occasion is occurring now, though, and was captured two days ago in combined parallel exposures from the Canary Islands of Spain. On the lower right, surrounded by a green coma and emanating an unusually split blue ion tail diagonally across the frame, is Comet C/2013 X1 . This giant snowball has been falling toward our Sun and brightening since its discovery in 2013. Although Comet PannSTARRS is a picturesque target for long-duration exposures of astrophotography, it is expected to be only barely visible to the unaided eye when it reaches its peak brightness in the next month. On the upper left, surrounded by red-glowing gas, is the also-picturesque Helix Nebula. At 700 light years distant, the Helix is not only much further away than the comet, but is expected to retain its appearance for thousands of years. via NASA

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Crossing Borders: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Nigerian-born, Los Angeles–based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby moved to the US at the age of 17 (after winning the green card lottery in her home town) to train as a painter at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and, later, Yale University. Here, as in many of her portraits, Crosby gives an intimate portrayal of her interracial marriage and day-to-day life in America. She combines photo-transfer processes with painting and collaged fabrics, fusing Nigerian and American materials, images, and cultural traditions. Learn about Crosby and other immigrant artists: mo.ma/crossingborders.

Our digital exhibition “Crossing Borders,” presented as part of our #CitizensBorders initiative, showcases works from MoMA’s collection by artists who immigrated to the U.S., often as refugees in search of safe haven. Explore at mo.ma/crossingborders

[Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. Nigeria, 1983). “And We Begin to Let Go.” c. 2013. Acrylic, pastel, charcoal, collage, Xerox transfers, and marble dust on paper. Promised gift of Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine Farley.]

Und sie sagten immer, wenn meine Gefühle echt wären, dann... ,wenn ich dich wirklich lieben sollte, dann... ,wenn das alles keine Rolle mehr spielt, dann... ,wenn es nicht nur eine Phase ist, dann...

Sie sagten immer nur “wenn” und “dann”. Doch das zu betrachten was jetzt gerade, genau in dem Moment, als ich mit ihnen geredet habe, da war, die Gefühle die ich fühlte, die, die ich für dich hatte, dass kam natürlich nie für sie in Frage. Denn ich war doch nur ein kleines unschuldiges Mädchen, was seit 3 Jahren einen einzigen Menschen wollte. Dich!