astronomy

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Mathematical and Scientific Markings on Rustic Pottery by Laura C. Hewitt

Designed in rural Alaska, artist Laura C. Hewitts rustic, handmade pottery is influenced by the magic found within the mundane, nature and its pragmatic obscurity. Embossed with typographical mappings of the universe, mathematical formulas, and technological charts, Hewitt’s work pays homage to the dichotomy of the union between science and art.

Adorned with patterns, which include alpha numeric marks from vintage machinist punches and inlaid drawings reminiscent of maps, circuit board, astronomy and flow charts running into deeply carved organic river markings, each piece is unique.

Chronicling binary numbers, the distance from sun, the solar year and equatorial diameter of all planets, Ohm’s law, and the mapping of a circuit board among other technical formulas, each creation is Wheel thrown and hand carved. The vintage manual typewriter keys markings add a rustic and agrarian sensibility, which create a profound juxtaposition with the numerical values of technology in Hewitt’s pottery. You can find her entire collection in her Etsy shop.

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the signs at prom

Aries: the one who steals the mic and gets pulled off stage

Taurus: the one whose feet hurt from heels by the end of the night

Gemini: the one who complains about the shitty music

Cancer: the one crying because their date cancelled last minute

Leo: the one letting it all out on the dance floor

Virgo: the one who just stays with their friends

Libra: the one who sees a cute guy and starts flirting with them

Scorpio: the one who brings someone over eighteen who intimidates everyone else

Sagittarius: the one who waited in the buffet line too long

Capricorn: the one that is part of school government who has to make a speech but really doesn’t want to

Aquarius: the one who gets crowned prom queen

Pisces: the one who ends up smoking in the bathroom with some strangers

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Dwarf planet Ceres and its bright spots in color

Ceres is the largest object in the Solar System’s asteroid belt with a diameter of about 950 kilometers (590 miles). Above, Ceres is in approximately true color, based on image data from the Dawn spacecraft recorded on May 4, 2015. 
On the first one, you can see Occator crater which has caused a lot of speculation with its bright cluster of spots. Two of Ceres’ other famous spots at Oxo crater and Haulani crater are near center and center right of the second image. 

Aliens would be a great explanation to those bright lights but observations suggest that they could be made primarily of hydrated magnesium sulfates. Scientists’ best explanation now for the deposits of salt is that when asteroids crash into Ceres, they excavate underground briny water-ice. Once on the surface and exposed to the vacuum of space, the ice sublimes, the water molecules going directly from the solid ice to gas without an intermediate liquid stage. Left behind are the materials that had been dissolved in the water. The size and brightness of the different regions depend in part on how long ago the impact occurred. (as explained here)

Below is an animation made with the color and stereo pictures of the Occator crater. The colors indicate different compositions.

Image Credit & License: NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS,DLR,IDA - Composition: Justin Cowart