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This video work by Victoria Santa Cruz “addresses the public loudly, proudly, and defiantly, repeatedly chanting ‘Negra!’ The artist poetically recasts what was once an insult directed to a younger self, in a powerful pronouncement that resonates today, loudly and assertively, just as it had 40 years ago.” —Elena Shtromberg, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah.

Victoria Santa Cruz (Peruvian, 1922–2014), “Me gritaron negra (They shouted black at me),” 1978. Video documentation of performance, excerpted from the documentary “Victoria—Black and Woman” (1978). Director: Torgeir Wethal; producer: Odin Teatret Film. Video, black and white, sound. 3:58 min. OTA-Odin Teatret Archives. On view at @hammer_museum ❤️🙌🏾💃🏾
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#supportblackart #victoriasantacruz #megritaronnegra #blackgirlmagic #negra #radicalwomen #peruvianart #performanceart #blackwoman #identity #afrolatinas #afrolatinx #hammermuseum #unapologeticallyblack #artworld #artlovers #africandiaspora #artislife #blackandproud #blackexcellence #womenartists #visibilitymatters #representationmatters (at Hammer Museum)

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redyameze  asked:

Umm this is my first ever anything on tumblr, I just want to say how much I love your art and it's encouraged me to keep learning! You seem pretty fantastic and portraits and faces but how do you do action poses? I could do with any tips you have to offer!

First off, reading this makes me very happy.

As for your question, thinking about it, all the advice I could think of came from this book by Stan Lee I read once as a kid. I didn’t remember where or what the name was, but there was advice from it about poses that stuck in my head for years.

So I looked it up and it’s called How to Draw Comics The Marvel Way, also turns out the  University of California, Santa Cruz teaches it and made the whole thing available HERE.

You want chapters 5 an especially 6, but the whole thing is worth reading. I’m on record as not a fan of this kind of book, and it is a little formal and industry-focused for my taste, but it’s the best possible version of this and the advice in making things dynamic is really good. (It also doesn’t impose a style on you as much as others)

Sorry for kind of redirecting you, but you really are better off getting this straight from the master. BEST OF LUCK!

Virtual College Visits!

Thanks to a lot of lovely people, Virtual College Visits can officially start!

What is this post?

This post is a way to connect students who are unable to visit a certain college with someone who has visited that college.

Why?

There are so many things about a college that can’t be learned by looking at their website, or comparing statistics. Yet, at the same time, it is impossible for most students to visit every college that they’re interested in. This is a tool that will hopefully help bridge that gap!

How do I use this?

Think of a school that you’re interested in that you probably won’t be able to visit. Then, scan this (alphabetical) list of schools to see if it’s listed. If it is, congrats! The url(s) listed next to it belong to a person/people who have visited that school. They have contacted me saying that they are willing to talk about their experience at that school with other potential students. Feel free to shoot them a message explaining that you saw their url on this post and want to learn about x school (You should probably specify what school because most of the contributors have visited more than one school).

This is cool! Can I contribute?

Absolutely! Send me (appblrgirl) a message with the schools you would be willing to talk about with others. I will continue to update this post periodically.

Unfortunately because of school and various life things, I won’t be making any more updates to this post for the foreseeable future.

The school I want to visit isn’t on this list!

That sucks. Keep checking back as the list gets updated, you never know when your potential school will show up!

You can also message me with additional questions if you have any.

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and good luck to all of you!

P.S. To avoid a large number of schools in the ‘U’ section, any schools starting with ‘University of’ have been reformatted. e.g. Virginia, University of


American University - success mess, biochemstudy

Amherst College - stickynotestudies, successmess, mxifu, irblr, cornelldiary, thecollegecollage

Anna Maria University - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Arizona State University - cancerbiophd

Arizona, University of - cancerbiophd, justhitthosebooks

Arkansas, University of - arkansassy-girl

Assumption College - serendipityinboston

Auburn University - drivenstudy

Austin College - college-journey, nap-or-study

Baltimore Rowan University - biochemstudy

Barnard College - rightwingrepublican, firstyearviolet, momochrissy, graduationbound, thecollegecollage

Bath, University of - pigrescuer

Baylor University - college-journey

Binghamton University - cornelldiary

Boston College - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, serendipityinboston, betting-onyou, pensandtea, prepared4theworst

Boston University - rightwingrepublican, university miracles​, stickynotestudies, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, serendipityinboston, morpheusorpheus

Bowdoin College - assof2016

Brandeis University - pensandtea

Brigham Young University at Provo - academicsandperformingarts

British Columbia, University of - perdurabimus

Brock University - thecanadianundergrad

Brown University - university miracles, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams , studylikewillowrosenberg, skyclarke, cornelldiary, serendipityinboston, fiendishly-nerdy, graduationbound

Bryn Mawr College - thecollegesearch, success mess, blaizedzabini, doctortatertot

Bucknell University - bos-bound

California at Berkley, University of - future collegiate, chasingcollegedreams, claryjsimmons, collegeappadventure, resarciating, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage, messin-w-the-message-man

California at Davis, University of - resarciating, thecollegecollage, superminino

California at Irvine, University of - thecollegecollage

California at Los Angeles, University of - chasingcollegedreams, acca-demic, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage, study-blurry

California at Riverside, University of - booksmrts

California at San Diego, University of - last-constellation, cornelldiary, resarciating, pcrkjimin, tyffanyblews

California at Santa Barbara - embues, studyprn

California at Santa Cruz, University of - resarciating, tyffanyblews

California Institute of Technology - chasingcollegedreams, mocha-study

California Polytechnic State University - redlipstickpremed, classical scientist​, coffeeforstudiers

California State University at Northridge - redlipstickpremed, spunkylittlebookworm

California State University at San Diego - redlipstickpremed

California State University at San Francisco - redlipstickpremed

California State University at Stanislaus - redlipstickpremed

Cambridge University - study crush

Canisius College - gallyd

Capital University - dontworryjuststudy

Carleton College - mraemb

Carleton University - pencilcandy, crimandcoffee

Case Western Reserve University - firstyearviolet

Carnegie Mellon University - drowninginmediocrity, privateschoolstudent, betting-onyou, mvths

Central Connecticut State University - czardex

Central Florida, University of - itscassielouwho

Centre College - theoryofbelle

Chicago, University of - future collegiate, the-college-quest, skyclarke, tyffanyblews

Clark University - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Clemson University - asaprocket

Colgate University - cornelldiary, darbysdiamonds

College of the Holy Cross - serendipityinboston

College of William & Mary - thecollegesearch, success mess, theoryofbelle, worldaccordingto

Colorado College - tumblr-illiterate

Columbia University - studylongandprosper, rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, appblrsandoranges, skyclarke, cornelldiary, momochrissy, thecollegecollage

Connecticut College - last-constellation

Connecticut, University of - london-elephant, foreverayoungblood

Cornell University - cornelldiary, bos-bound, alistaircriesduringsex 

Curry College - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Dartmouth College - brinkerhadleyapologist, neildegrassetyson, collegemania

Davidson College - thecollegesearch, pensandtea

Denison University - ready-aim-study, dontworryjuststudy

DePaul University - pineappletroye

DePauw University - theoryofbelle

Dickinson College - thecollegesearch, darbysdiamonds

Drexel University - drowninginmediocrity, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, sleepswithtextbooks

Duke University - future collegiate, pensandtea

Elon University - iwhaleyouva

Emory University - mxifu, caffeinatedsuccess

Florida State University - collegedreamss, iwhaleyouva, studyingsamantha

Florida, University of - collegedreamss, fruity-tuna

Fordham University - rightwingrepublican, appblrsandoranges

Fort Lewis College - andstraight-on-tilmorning

Franklin & Marshall College - thecollegesearch

George Mason University - studyingsamantha

Georgetown University - success mess, privateschoolstudent, betting-onyou, pensandtea, thecollegecollage

George Washington University - successmess

Georgia Institute of Technology - mxifu, study hacked, iwhaleyouva

Georgia, University of - mxifu, polyglotdawg

Gettysburg College - thecollegesearch

Glasgow, University of - revolution-avec-un-grantaire

Grinnell College - strawberryshortcakemurder

Grove City College - yourguidetostudy

Hamilton College - cornelldiary

Harvard University - studylongandprosper, universitymiracles, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, mxifu, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage

Hawaii, University of - memorizing-microbio

Hollins University - firstyearviolet

Ithaca College - cornelldiary, bos-bound

Illinois at Urbana-Champain, University of - the-college-quest, eashmere

Iowa, University of - university miracles, chasingcollegedreams, karalee-untersucht, 2016studies

Indiana University - pineappletroye

James Madison University - desperatesammy

Johns Hopkins University - collegeapps2016

Juniata College - theoryofbelle

Kent State University - studyinguntil5am

Kenyon College - starsfallover

King’s College - pigrescuer

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - studysesh

Lake Superior State University - prepre-nursing

La Salle University - gotocollegebutnevergrowup

Lawrence University - mraemb

Lehigh University - london-elephant

Lock Haven University - bos-bound

Loyola Marymount University - thecollegecollage

Loyola University Chicago - acca-demic, biochemstudy

Lubbock Christian University - arkansassy-girl

Marist College - darbysdiamonds

Marquette University - imawhiteblankpage

Maryland Baltimore, University of - biochemstudy

Maryland, University of - sleepswithtextbooks

Mary Washington, University of - thecollegesearch

Massachusetts Amherst, University of - sarahblogsaboutstuff, universityofsassachusetts, the-man-and-the-mouse, eatsleepsciencerepeat, bos-bound

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - studylongandprosper, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, mxifu, skyclarke

Meredith College - firstyearviolet

Miami University - future collegiate, morganstudies

Miami, University of - music studying, hella–bella

McGill University - pencilcandy, theoryofbelle

Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of - the-college-quest, therunningfox, momochrissy, tyffanyblews, monochromeonsienna

Michigan State University - studying-with-bri, college mania​, pineappletroye

Michigan, University of - study hacked​, cardiolotea, sleepswithtextbooks, collegemania

Mills College - tyffanyblews

Minnesota, University of - 2016studies

Missouri at Columbia, University of - messin-w-the-message-man

Montclair State University - unafraid–eponine

Mount Holyoke College - rightwingrepublican, last-constellation

Mount Ida College - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Mount St. Mary’s University - biochemstudy

Muhlenberg College - thecollegesearch, studylikewillowrosenberg

New Jersey Institute of Technology - fire-on-the-girl, doctortatertot

New York, State University of - revolution-avec-un-grantaire

New York University - stickynotestudies, firstyearviolet, appblrsandoranges, momochrissy, sleepswithtextbooks, yungblkfem

New York University at Abu Dhabi - mraemb

North Carolina at Asheville, University of - firstyearviolet

North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of - london-elephant, pensandtea

Northeastern University - rightwingrepublican, university miracles, success mess​, applestoappblrs, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, espressoprep

Northwestern University - future collegiate​, stickynotestudies, momochrissy, tyffanyblews, assof2016

Northern Arizona University - justhitthosebooks

Notre Dame, University of - appblrsandoranges

Ohio State University - messin-w-the-message-man, systemsandsewing

Ohio University - engineeringmyowninsanity

Oregon State University - chasingcollegedreams

Orgeon, University of - chasingcollegedreams

Ottowa, University of - pencil candy

Oxford Brookes University - thescienceofracing

Pacific Lutheran University - emucat95

Pennsylvania State University - pensandtea, prepared4theworst, bullshitsandbravery, borasayshi

Pennsylvania, University of - studylongandprosper, drowninginmediocrity, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, applestoappblrs, privateschoolstudent, the-college-quest, bos-bound

Pittsburgh Technical Institute - mvths

Pittsburgh, University of - drowninginmediocrity, studylikewillowrosenberg

Portland State University - gunplagirl

Princeton University - stickynotestudies, the-ivyprep, cardiolotea, cornelldiary, universitize-me, thecollegecollage

Providence College - serendipityinboston

Puget Sound, University of - last-constellation

Purdue University - cupcakehinch, pineappletroye

Queens University - freshstudythoughts

Ramapo College - unafraid–eponine

Reed College - fiendishly-nerdy

Regent University - iluthientinuvielfan

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - cupcakehinch

Rhode Island College - withloveandstrength

Rhode Island, University of - espressoprep

Rice University - appblrsandoranges, fiendishly-nerdy, thehenchmansociety

Richmond, University of - pensandtea

Rochester, University of - drowninginmediocrity, heartbeats-becoming-slow, darbysdiamonds, aestudyblr

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - ahlltimelow

Rutgers University at Camden - doctortatertot, starkbannr

Rutgers University at New Brunswick - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, callmeglados, doctortatertot

Salve Regina University - serendipityinboston

Scranton, University of - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, pleasegivemealcoholanddiamonds

Scripps College - mraemb

Simmons College - stickynotestudies

Southeastern Louisiana University - studyingsamantha

Southern California, University of - study-blurry

Southern Oregon, University of - chasingcollegedreams

South Florida, University of - fruity-tuna

South Carolina, University of - jwuuuu

Smith College - rightwingrepublican, success mess, fiendishly-nerdy, cranberry geese, inkdrunk

Stanford University - future collegiate, chasingcollegedreams, collegeappadventure, graduation bound, messin-w-the-message-man

St. Andrews, University of - iwhaleyouva

State University of New York at Geneseo - half-neversure

St. Bonaventure University - briel

St. Edwards University - thehenchmansociety

Stephens College - studylittleliongirl

Stevens Institute of Technology - biochemstudy, doctortatertot

Stevenson University - biochemstudy

Stonehill College - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Swarthmore College - chasingcollegedreams, privateschoolstudent

Texas A&M at Corpus Christi - arkansassy-girl

Texas A&M University - universitymiracles, arkansassy-girl, college-journey, theoryofbelle

Texas at Arlington, University of - appblrsandoranges

Texas at Austin, University of - studylongandprosper, university miracles, appblrsandoranges, college-journey, asaprocket, thehenchmansociety

Texas at Dallas, University of - theoryofbelle, thehenchmansociety

Texas at San Antonio, University of - university miracles, thehenchmansociety

Texas at Tyler, University of - arkansassy-girl

Texas Christian University - asaprocket, thehenchmansociety, mighty-bull-discovers-universe

Toronto, University of - pencilcandy

Trent University - pencilcandy

Truman State University - thealphapigeon

Tufts University - rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, success mess​, applestoappblrs, pensandtea, graduationbound, espressoprep

Ursinus College - thecollegesearch, panicqueerstudies

Utah, University of - graynger

Vanderbilt University - pyetromaximoff, asaprocket

Vassar College - successmess, cornelldiary, darbysdiamonds, assof2016

Villanova University - darbysdiamonds, b0rnglamorous, lordvoidemort

Virginia Polytechnic Institute - desperatesammy

Virginia, University of - thecollegesearch, collegedreamss, keyykey, messofa-daydreamer, pensandtea, iwhaleyouva

Washington and Lee University - pensandtea

Waterloo, University of - its-a-cs-life

Washington University in St. Louis - the-college-quest, cardiolotea, collegeappadventure, pineappletroye

Washington at Bothell, University of - exhaustion drain

Webster University - collegemania

Wellesley College - hermionesharrypotteressays, rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, successmess, fiendishly-nerdy, espressoprep

Wells College - blissfulstudies

Wesleyan University - applestoappblrs, last-constellation, thecollegecollage

West Chester University of Pennsylvania - studylikewillowrosenberg

Western Washington University - commandercatbug, katie-studies-science, frugalstudies

Williams College - darbysdiamonds, assof2016

Wisconsin at Madison, University of - the-college-quest, monochromeonsienna, studydud

Wisconsin at Superior, University of - itsliz104

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - sarahblogsaboutstuff, ahlltimelow, cupcakehinch

Yale University - studylongandprosper, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, skyclarke, irblr, cornelldiary, fiendishly-nerdy, thecollegecollage

York University - pencilcandy

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and panelists discuss de-extinction in the 2017 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History. Biologists today have the knowledge, the tools, and the ability to influence the evolution of life on Earth. Do we have an obligation to bring back species that human activities may have rendered extinct? Does the technology exist to do so? Join Tyson and the panel for a lively debate about the merits and shortcomings of this provocative idea.

2017 Asimov Debate panelists are:

George Church
Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard University and MIT

Hank Greely
Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford University

Gregory Kaebnick
Scholar, The Hastings Center; Editor, Hastings Center Report

Ross MacPhee
Curator, Department of Mammalogy, Division of Vertebrate Zoology; Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Beth Shapiro
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

PASHMINA creator Nidhi Chanani on Graphic Novels

The following is a guest post from graphic novelist Nidhi Chanani, creator of Pashmina.

As a young reader, I wasn’t exposed to comics beyond the funnies, which is because my immigrant parents only knew Garfield and newspaper comics. I blame my parents for my limited comics knowledge when I was young! But in high school, my boyfriend lent me Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve and Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World. He always impressed me with his untraditional influences. I tried to impress him in return and began borrowing graphic novels from the library. I stumbled upon Goodbye Chunky Rice around the time he dumped me. Then, I had Craig Thompson’s beautiful pages to fill the void. I read that book over and over, in between bouts of bad poetry and blasting Tori Amos.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, I studied literature and stayed away from boys and comics. I took a course on Holocaust literature, and although it wasn’t on the reading list (zero comics were included in my course readings), it led me to Maus by Art Spiegelman. I studied the pages and absorbed the overwhelming hardships of survivors more acutely than when I read prose books.

At UCSC and after, I kept writing and drawing. After graduation, I tried working at non-profits and none fit. I was introduced to a few professional artists. I thought Whoa! Art can be a job! So I took a deep breath and signed up for additional student loans for art school. I found American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. More than any other graphic novel prior, American Born Chinese made me believe I could make my own comic book. Good comics do that—make you believe in yourself. Gene did not shy away from discussing difficult topics of internalized racism, being a child of immigrants, and the universal awkwardness of being a teen. I saw again how a difficult topic could be tempered through comics to allow for honest discussion.

In art school I began thumbnailing my first book. Two hundred pages of terrible comics! But I showed promise and commitment! I pitched my terrible book to a few agents who ignored its terribleness and saw the promise of hard work (I think). I ended up signing with Judy Hansen, who is also Gene’s agent, which bolstered my confidence. I didn’t know then that it would take another five years to finish Pashmina. Maybe if I had known I would’ve quit sooner. I learned while writing and re-writing Pashmina for years that comics are a labor of love by people who are bananas. So thanks, comics, for allowing me to join this band of bananas!

Here’s a sneak peek at the first pages of Pashmina:

Now, I voraciously read graphic novels. They contain all my favorite things! Stories! Art! Cute author bios!

Recent comics I loved:

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

Each expression and page is a visual treat. Sandy, the main character, is an artist who has to deal with her insecurities, ego, and pressure head on. Creepy, cute, and a must-have.

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

A completely relatable new-girl-at-school story. The art is subtle and sweet. I also really appreciate the diversity of the characters that doesn’t deviate from the central story, but is just a part of the world. As it should be!

Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata (out this Fall)

An honest and visually stunning graphic novel about epilepsy and the struggle to accept help when you need it. This is comics at its best—doing what only comics can, conveying the visuals of an otherwise difficult-to-describe experience.

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

Donna Haraway (b. 1944) is a Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the departments of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies. She has written numerous books combining questions of science with feminism, and has contributed to research in the fields of human-machine and human-animal relations.

She obtained her PhD in Biology from Yale. Her 1997 book Modest_Witness, which explores issues of feminism, consciousness, and technoscience, received the coveted Ludwig Fleck Award.

today in BLACK HISTORY (2/17)

1942 - Black Panther Party Founder Born

Black Panther Party Founder Huey P. Newton born. An illiterate high-school graduate, Newton taught himself how to read before attending Merritt College in Oakland and the San Francisco School of Law, where he met Seale. In Oakland in 1966 they formed the Black Panther group in response to incidents of police brutality and racism and as an illustration of the need for black self-reliance. At the hieght of its popularity during the late 1960s, the party had 2,000 members in chapters in several cities. In 1967 Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of a police officer, but his conviction was overturned 22 months later, and he was released from prison. In 1971 he announced that the party would adopt a nonviolent manifesto and dedicate itself to providing social services to the black community. In 1974 he was accused of another murder and fled to Cuba for three years before returning to face charges; two trials resulted in hung juries. Newton received a Ph.D in social philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz (1980); his dissertation, ‘War Against the Panthers’ was subtitled 'A Study of Repression in America.’ Succumbing to factionalism and pressure from government agencies, the party disbanded in 1982. In March 1989 Newton was sentenced to a six-month jail term for misappropriating public funds intended for a Panther-founded Oakland school. In August of that year he was found shot dead on a street in Oakland.

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We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.  - Angela Davis (b.January 26, 1944)

She is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, although she was never a party member. Her interests included prisoner rights; she founded Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department. Davis was arrested, charged, tried, and acquitted of conspiracy in the 1970 armed take-over of a Marin County courtroom, in which four persons died. Her membership in the Communist Party led to Ronald Reagan’s request in 1969 to have her barred from teaching at any university in the State of California. She was twice a candidate for Vice President on the Communist Party USA ticket during the 1980s. on August 18, 1970 J. Edgar Hoover made her the third woman ever placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List. 

Research in action! 

Here, University of California, Santa Cruz PhD student Michelle Modest holds an underwater hydrophone ready for deployment in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. On a recent research cruise in the sanctuary, scientists surveyed soundscapes and seafloor environments. The data they collect will help inform sanctuary management decisions and protect the habitats and animals within the Channel Islands! 

(Photo: Lindsey Peavey/NOAA)

Portraits of the Universe

As an astronomy student, I see plenty of images from space. It’s an odd thing when you think about it. Most of the things that exist are out there, in space and yet only a select few humans are privileged enough to see them in their full beautiful context.

Here I’ll show you some of my favorite images from space and I’ll try to explain what makes them uniquely wonderful. I hope you enjoy!


Home

This satellite photograph of crops in Kansas exemplifies to me the symbiotic relationship we need with our mother planet. Earth is home to us and right now we couldn’t look anywhere else in the universe and find a place like this, where food springs forth from the ground.

It’s humbling and beautiful.

(Image credit: NASA)

Into the Great Beyond

This image of a NASA space shuttle transiting across the face of the Sun is cold-hard proof that not only are we insignificantly small in the face of the vastness of space, but that not even that can stop us.

We’re explorers. We’re brave. We’re capable. We rose phoenix-like from the ashes of stars and we won’t tremble at the yawning dark.

(Image credit: NASA)

The South Pole of Mars

The south pole of Mars, also known as Planum Australe, is a giant, frozen, carbon dioxide and water ice-cap. It looks somewhat like stretch marks, somewhat like a bath bomb and somewhat like a giant bunny rabbit. It is gorgeous though, no matter which way you look at it.

Because of the greenhouse gas nature of methane, some think there’s a potential in the ice caps to recreate the Martian atmosphere. Though this idea can be controversial, it’s the possibility of what could be that quickens my heart.

(Image credit: ESA)

A Fresh Martian Crater

Typically craters are used to denote age. Bodies in space collect them over time like an ever increasing number of scars. Seeing a fresh one though is a uniquely personal experience. It reveals a lot about both the impactor and the body it struck. This image is gorgeous with the ejecta spread out like some sort of postmodern art piece.

(Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)

Sunset from Afar

Seen by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, this Martian sunset is a stark reminder that the things we find beautiful about Earth, can sometimes be found abroad, injecting our ideas of beauty with new and enlightening perspectives.

On Earth short wavelength light is scattered out the more atmosphere light travels through. This is why as the sun gets lower, it becomes more red. On Earth, our blue skies become a romantic shade of crimson at sunset.

On Mars, the skies, red from dust, become blue at sunset. This is because the atmosphere doesn’t effectively scatter lightwaves until it’s filtered through enough atmosphere (which happens when the sun’s at the horizon). 

(Image credit: NASA, JPL/Caltech/MSSS/Texas A&M Univ)

Forged in Fire

In this picture from the ALMA telescope array, we can see an entire solar system being born. When a nebula collapses into a protoplanetary disk and a star is born in the center, heat and light emerge forth, a primordial solar system.

Gradually, pieces of the disk orbiting around the baby star clump together and, like a snowball rolling down hill, gather more and more material in their orbit.

Paths around the star get cleared as the baby planets grow larger and larger. The black paths you see above are places where planets are being born. An entire solar system is emerging out of the molten storm you see above.

(Image credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO))

The Jewel of the Solar System

There are worlds unlike anything we could have ever imagined out there. There are beautiful giants totally unlike our home and yet they orbit close enough that we can go there and explore it and its moons, orbiting around it like a solar system within the solar system.

(Image credit: NASA / JPL / Space Science Institute)

A Water World

Around Saturn orbits a small moon named Enceladus. It’s currently shooting geysers of liquid water into space. This mysterious world is one of numerous places suspected to be hospitable for life.

It’s easy to forget that Earth may not be the only place where life could form. Enceladus is only the first step towards breaking ourselves from thinking of the search for alien life as being a terra-centric one.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

Cosmic Jellyfish

This image of Comet Holmes, with its tails extended out and atmosphere on full display, show exactly how alive the universe really is without us.

As comets near stars, they heat up and two tails form behind them. In their cosmic dance around the stars, they interact in quite lively ways that proove the universe is far from being a still, empty void.

(Image credit: Ivan Eder)

Stardust & Mysteries

This image, collected by the Hubble Space Telescope, collects all manner of light and depth visible to one with a mind for exploration.

Who knows what mysterious places could be hiding behind that nebula? As Carl Sagan once said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

(Image credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team)

The Cosmos

No image better represents the grandeur, age and vastness of the universe than the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field image.

Astronomers, curious as to how large the universe really was, pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at a patch of darkness between the stars. They left the telescope to stare into the pitch blackness for 23 days collecting what pitiful amount of light there might be out there.

What they got back was a field littered with character, color and life.

This picture shows the universe (literally) at 3.5% of its current age. This is what it looked like 13.2 billion years ago.

(Image credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team)