An artistic image is one that ensures its own development, its historical viability. An image is a grain, a self-evolving retroactive organism. It is a symbol of actual life, as opposed to life itself. Life contains death. An image of life, by contrast, excludes it, or else sees in it a unique potential for the affirmation of life. Whatever it expresses—even destruction and ruin—the artistic image is by definition an embodiment of hope, it is inspired by faith. Artistic creation is by definition a denial of death. Therefore it is optimistic, even if in an ultimate sense the artist is tragic.
Andrei Tarkovsky, Time Within Time: The Diaries 1970-1986
Historical Space First :Direct imaging of four planets orbiting the star HR 8799 129 light years away from Earth
Kudos to Jason and Christian!
The era of directly imaging exoplanets has only just begun, but the science and viewing pleasures to come are appealingly apparent.
This evocative movie of four planets more massive than Jupiter orbiting the young star HR 8799 is a composite of sorts, including images taken over seven years at the W.M. Keck observatory in Hawaii.
The movie clearly doesn’t show full orbits, which will take many more years to collect. The closest-in planet circles the star in around 40 years; the furthest takes more than 400 years.
But as described by Jason Wang, an astronomy graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers think that the four planets may well be in resonance with each other.
In this case it’s a one-two-four-eight resonance, meaning that each planet has an orbital period in nearly precise ratio with the others in the system.
The black circle in the center of the image is part of the observing and analyzing effort to block the blinding light of the star, and thus make the planets visible.
The images were initially captured by a team of astronomers including Christian Marois of the National Research Council of Canada’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, who analyzed the data. The movie animation was put together by Wang, who is part of the Berkeley arm of the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), a NASA-sponsored group formed to encourage interdisciplinary exoplanet science.
The star HR 8799 has already played a pioneering role in the evolution of direct imaging of exoplanets. In 2008, the Marois group announced discovery of three of the four HR 8799 planets using direct imaging for the first time. On the same day that a different team announced the direct imaging of a planet orbiting the star Fomalhaut.
Do you think that it'd be okay to wear a bonnet if you don't have bangs?
Of course! I do think bangs look very nice with bonnets because they sort of help balance out how big it looks on the wearer’s head but that doesn’t mean bonnets can’t be worn by people who don’t have bangs. In fact, if you look at historical images from when bonnets were in mainstream fashion you’ll see that most of the women pictured don’t have bangs. Often hair was just styled to the sides of the face.
It’s not super common to see Lolitas without bangs wearing bonnets but that’s mainly because bangs are just so popular in Lolita. Triple Fortune did show their bonnets with no bangs though.
Two million years ago, the Geochelone (seen here with Barnum Brown in 1930) could be found in warm climates across Asia, ranging from India to Indonesia. Though its relationship to today’s tortoises is clear, with its oversized shell and elephantine feet, the Geochelone grew to magnificent sizes rarely achieved by its contemporary cousins. An adult could reach an estimated total length of 8.2 to 8.9 feet and weigh at least a ton.
Konstantin Vasilyev Russian artist (1942-1976), whose creative collection of paintings consists of more than 400 works of painting and drawn portraits, landscapes, surrealistic compositions, epic paintings of mythological and battle genre. Konstantin Vasilyev has lived a short life. He was killed when he was 34 years old. Love for painting the boy had since childhood. Special talent was noticed, and his parents sent their son to Moscow art school. Then Konstantin Vasilyev graduated from Kazan art school. Konstantin Vasilyev found his own style and direction in painting in historical images of different eras, the manifestation of the greatness of spirit that makes a man – human.
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Exceptional Quarter Plate Daguerreotype of a Woman Telegrapher,
Daguerreian images of telegraphers are hardly unknown, but to Cowan’s Auctions knowledge this is the first featuring a female operator.
Anonymous, ca. 1850, housed in a full black leather case with gilt and mother of pearl highlights.
When Samuel Morse used an electrical telegraph to send the message What Hath God Wrought in May, 1844 from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland, he transformed communication in the United States. By the end of the Civil War, the telegraph had become the means by which information was transmitted long, as well as short distances.
Daguerreian images of telegraphers are hardly unknown, but to Cowan’s Auctions knowledge this is the first featuring a female operator. She stares confidently into the camera, her hands on a key and relay, a tape suspended magically in the air. On the left side of the plate the telegrapher has her first two fingers positioned on the ivory knob of an early camelback (also called a humpback) telegraph key, and in the center is an early and scarce Morse-design weight-driven telegraph register by J. Burritt & Son of Ithaca, NY. The register recorded the dots and dashes of the telegraph signal onto a paper tape so that messages could be received (and recorded) at any time, thus allowing the telegraph office to receive and record messages even when no telegraph operator was present. The paper tape can be seen entering the machine from an unseen spool of tape suspended above the machine. After the dots and dashes were recorded onto the tape from a pointed stylus, the tape exited the machine and fell to the floor.