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Banxing-2 took more photos of the Tiangong 2/Shenzhou 11 orbital complex yesterday, October-30. The companion satellite is still flying closely by the miniature space laboratory following its deployment last week, when it took its first high resolution photographs of the two vehicles.

The two-man crew of Shenzhou 11 - Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong - are currently halfway through a 30-day mission to the space laboratory. When they return to Earth around November 17, they will have performed China’s longest space mission.

‘ Blue Dentition ‘    Maple leaves scanned and color altered by Bob Bauer. This is an older image.  But it is one that was my best ‘flower’ image of all time.  Which doesn’t say much.  hahaha I think I sold about 15.  I still think it is a great image.

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Science books for space witches

Astronomy - General

Cosmos - Carl Sagan

So, anything by Sagan is kind of a “gimme” but his writing style is absolutely delightful. Cosmos is probably his most comprehensive overview of the 14 billion years of cosmic evolution and covers everything from the origins of life, black holes, stellar evolution, the planets, and space exploration. If you’re going to pick up any book on this list, go for this one. 

Cosmos - Giles Sparrow

This book is fucking GIGANTIC (14″ x 17″!!!) and filled with gorgeous high resolution space photos. I have this book on my coffee table and can spend endless hours just flipping through it and marveling at the beauty of the universe. Well worth the money.

Planets - Giles Sparrow

Another book of high resolution space photographs, this time of the planets in our solar system. 

Origins: 14 Billion Years of Evolution - Neil DeGrasse Tyson

A great overview of our universe, it’s evolution, what we know, and what we don’t know. 

Astronomy - A Self Teaching Guide

This is a book pretty commonly used in Astronomy 101 courses and is a great resource for those wanting to learn more about the science itself on their own. It’s formatted like an easy to read textbook and contains workbook sections to test your knowledge. 

Astronomy 101:  From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, and Facts about the Universe

Extremely easy to read book covering a huge breadth of topics. This book doesn’t go terribly in depth on any subject  but it’s great for picking up and reading a bit at a time and  for figuring out what in particular you’re interested in. 

Basic Physics: A Self Teaching Guide

A practical, easy guide to the basic concepts of physics.  Requires no math and easy to understand for “non-science” people. 

Observational Astronomy

Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

This book is a great introduction to stargazing with loads of star maps, information on astronomy equipment, a basic introduction to astrophoography, and information on notable upcoming astronomical events. My personal favorite thing about this book is that it lists objects in the night sky by how they can be viewed - naked eye, binoculars, small telescope, etc. This book includes charts for both the northern and southern hemisphere so it’s applicable no matter where you live. 

50 Things to See With a Small Telescope

In a similar vein, this book is precisely what it sounds like - a guide to cool shit you can see with an inexpensive telescope. The best feature is that it has pictures of how the object will appear through your telescope rather than just illustrations or photos taken with powerful equipment. This makes it much easier to  find the objects in the night sky.

Turn Left at Orion

One of the most popular stargazing books of all time and with good reason. This is pretty THE  beginner’s guide to observational astronomy and gives clear, easy to use information about how to find various objects in the night sky. 

Binocular Highlights - 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users

A great guide to star gazing for those of you using binoculars. 

Space, Time, and the Universe

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

A classic and probably the book on this list that everyone’s heard of. Exploring the origins of the universe, the big bang, quarks, black holes, and the nature of time and space.

The Universe in a Nutshell - Stephen Hawking

A companion to A Brief History of Time providing updates to what we’ve learned about the nature of time and space since A Brief History’s publication.

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension  - Michio Kaku

Exploring the weirdness of string theory, the search of Einstein’s theory of everything, parallel dimensions, and quantum physics. This book is really cool and mind bending in the best way. 

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory  - Brian Greene

On the same topic as Kaku’s book and highly recommended to read in tandem. 

The First Three Minutes - Steven Weinberg

What happened during the creation of the universe and how do we know?


(Please feel free to add your own suggestions)

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First Time Humans Saw the Structure of DNA - the photograph that revealed the Geometry upon which all Life is based.

Photo 51 is the nickname given to an X-ray diffraction image of DNA taken by Raymond Gosling in May 1952, working as a PhD student under the supervision of Rosalind Franklin. It was critical evidence in identifying the structure of DNA.

Working in the lab alongside Wilkins in 1952, Franklin had taken a startling, high-resolution photograph of a piece of DNA using X -ray crystallography, a technique whereby X -rays are shone on a crystalline structure (in this case, the DNA protein), to create a scattered reflection pattern on film.To the naked eye the photo looked merely like an X diced up into bits, but to Franklin it confirmed that DNA was a double-helix.

Photo 51 has an important place in history and has at least a claim to be the most important image ever taken.

Submission Guidelines

Do Your Own Dishes is a feminist zine created to promote South Asian/South Asian Diaspora artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and photographers from across the globe. The zine is published quarterly.

Submissions:

We take submissions in four categories: music, visual art (painting,photography, film making etc), Fiction: (poetry, short stories etc), non-fiction (articles and narrative nonfiction).

General Guidelines:

- Please include a short bio (60-100 words) and the word count in your cover letter

- Please include a high resolution photograph of yourself to go along with your work.

- Label your attached Microsoft Word Files “Your Name_DYOD Category”. For example:

“Ahmed Pervez_DYOD Poetry”

- Please make sure your submission is relevant to our zine’s mission, objective and audience

- Please send all submissions as attached files

Non-Fiction:

We accept nonfiction of the following genres: narrative, creative, micro, travelogue, essay etc.

- Kindly keep submissions between 800 - 2500 words

Fiction:

We accept fiction piece and poems of all forms. Preference is given to works that follow our theme (are feminist in nature) and demonstrate originality.

- Kindly keep submissions between  800- 1500 words

- For poet, please submit a maximum of three poems in an attached word file.

Visual Art:

We accept artwork of all kinds: paintings, doodles, comic strips, illustrations, digital photography and film etc.

- Please make sure you submit your artwork and photography in high resolution (300 dpi file format)

- For digital photographers: kindly submit up to 10 high resolution photographs explaining the theme of your work.

-For film makers: kindly submit a 2-3 minute trailer of your film. If you wish to submit a short film, kindly make sure it is below 10 minutes.

Music:

We are currently experimenting in this category. We are open to innovative submissions. Some examples may include: interviews, photo diary, album art, discography, lyrics etc

- if you/ your band wish to be interviewed, kindly send us a 150 word pitch of how your music fits our zine’s vision.

Although the zine is published quarterly, submissions are open throughout the year.

‘ Tubal Flow Blush Bleu ‘   Hue altered scanned flower photograph by Bob Bauer.   I loved this piece so much I did 5 different hue altered versions of it. The original was a green stem and light burgundy colored blooms.  This is a high resolution image.  Super detailed.

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Lutetia, asteroid and ancient French tribe
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The asteroid Lutetia lies almost directly in the plane of the ecliptic approximately 230 million miles from the sun, on average. It was discovered in 1852 by the German-French painter, astronomer and polymath Hermann Goldschmidt, who discovered it not long after purchasing a telescope he financed by selling paintings of Galileo produced on a recent trip to Florence. Although he originally believed that he had discovered a new planet, he soon confirmed that it was indeed an asteroid and named it after the Roman name for the city that eventually became Paris: Lutetia Parisiorum, named for the Gallic tribe the Parisii who first inhabited the island later known as Île de la Cité. In July of 2010 the French spacecraft the Rosetta passed approximately 1800 miles away from Lutetia and took several hundred high resolution photographs, mostly of the north pole of the asteroid. Lutetia is a medium sized asteroid, somewhat egg shaped, 100 kilometers in diameter and 120 kilometers in diameter along its longest axis, with a fairly eccentric orbit.

In March 2011 the International Astronomical Union agreed to a naming system for Lutetia’s features, allowing them to be named for regions, cities and rivers in Roman Gaul, as in the map above:
Baetica, Achaia, Etruria, Narbonensis, Noricum, Pannonia, and Raetia.
Like most students of Latin, one of the first ‘real’ texts I read was Caesar’s Gallic wars, ’Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres….’, and one of the first early maps I studied was pre-Roman Gaul. It’s all coming back to me! Expect to see more Latin than Greek words in the next couple of weeks!

Image of Lutetia courtesy ESA 2011 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD /INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA. Orbit of Lutetia courtesy NASA/JPL, used with permission. Map of Caesar’s Gaul in the public domain.

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Russian Zenit launches into an uncertain future, makes likely final launch.

Launching on what was likely its final flight, a Zenit 3SBF rocket lifted off from Site 45 at Baiknour Cosmodrome early Friday morning.

Launch of the Elektro-L2 weather satellite occurred at 8:45 am EST Friday, December 11. Just under nine minutes after launch, the restartable Fregate SB upper stage released Elektro-L2 into a 22,300 mile geostationary orbit. The satellite will take high-resolution photographs of the planet every 30 minutes, or every 15 minutes in emergency situations.

Although one more flight of Zenit is scheduled, this mission was likely the last flight of the two-stage vehicle. Jointly produced between Russia and Ukraine, political tensions between the two nations, coupled with various launch failures in recent years, have affected the vehicle’s launch market. Additionally, it is rumored that the vehicle’s warranty has expired. A 2017 launch of the Spektr RG space telescope is slated to utilize Zenit, but Roscosmos is considering switching launch vehicles.

The two-stage rocket began development in the 1970s as a replacement for the Soyuz and Proton family of vehicles. Four single-stage variants of Zenit were used as strap on boosters for the Energia rocket, which launched the only flight of the Buran space shuttle in 1988. Beginning in 2000, a three-stage variant, Zenit 3SL, was commercially operated by Sea Launch LLC. Launching from an equatorial ocean platform, a catastrophic launch failure in 2007 ended the company’s run.

83 flights of Zenit have been performed since 1985. The first stage of the rocket used the RD-171 engine, which, providing 1,700,000 pounds of thrust is billed as the world’s most powerful engine.

‘ Strange Hydrange ‘  Directly scanned Hydrangea blooms with a second flower I forgot. By Bob Bauer  contact me if you know.  I always love Hydrangea blooms, their so vaired in the color of one bloom. In this case it is white and blue. I don’t get to see them much becuase in my low humidity area, they don’t do well.

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