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Heartening news of the day: Stanford’s Maryam Mirzakhani becomes the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the “Nobel Prize of mathematics.” In some distant galaxy, Maria Mitchell’s heart is bursting with joy.

distant-traveller:

Saturn’s shadows

It may seem odd to think of planets casting shadows out in the inky blackness of space, but it is a common phenomenon. Earth’s shadow obscures the Moon during a lunar eclipse, and Jupiter’s moons cast small shadows onto their parent planet.  

One of the best places in our Solar System to spot intriguing and beautiful celestial shadows is at Saturn. On 1 July, the international Cassini mission celebrates 10 years of exploring Saturn, its rings and its moons, an endeavour that has produced invaluable science but also stunning images like this.

Drifting along in the foreground, small and serene, is Saturn’s icy moon Mimas. The blue backdrop may at first appear to be the gas giant’s famous and impressive set of rings, with pale and dark regions separated by long inky black slashes, but it is actually the northern hemisphere of Saturn itself. The dark lines slicing across the frame are shadows cast by the rings onto the planet.

Although we may not associate the colour blue with Saturn, when Cassini arrived at the planet the northernmost regions displayed the delicate blue palette shown in this image. As this region of Saturn is generally quite free of cloud, scattering by molecules in the atmosphere causes sunlight to take a longer path through the atmosphere. The light is scattered predominantly at shorter – bluer – wavelengths. This is similar to why the sky on Earth appears blue to our eyes.

Seasonal changes over the years since this photo was taken have turned the blue into Saturn’s more familiar golden hue. The reverse is occurring in the south, which is slowly becoming bluer.

Image credit & copyright: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, imaged by the Rosetta spacecraft in August 2014.  Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, it has been traveling for more than 10 years to reach 67P, which is currently between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.  Later this year Rosetta will deploy a lander named Philae to the surface of the comet to determine its composition.  Observations of 67P will continue through its closest approach to the Sun in August 2015, revealing the changes that occur as the temperature of the comet increases.



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Comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, imaged by the Rosetta spacecraft in August 2014.  Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, it has been traveling for more than 10 years to reach 67P, which is currently between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.  Later this year Rosetta will deploy a lander named Philae to the surface of the comet to determine its composition.  Observations of 67P will continue through its closest approach to the Sun in August 2015, revealing the changes that occur as the temperature of the comet increases.



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Comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, imaged by the Rosetta spacecraft in August 2014.  Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, it has been traveling for more than 10 years to reach 67P, which is currently between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.  Later this year Rosetta will deploy a lander named Philae to the surface of the comet to determine its composition.  Observations of 67P will continue through its closest approach to the Sun in August 2015, revealing the changes that occur as the temperature of the comet increases.



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Comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, imaged by the Rosetta spacecraft in August 2014.  Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, it has been traveling for more than 10 years to reach 67P, which is currently between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.  Later this year Rosetta will deploy a lander named Philae to the surface of the comet to determine its composition.  Observations of 67P will continue through its closest approach to the Sun in August 2015, revealing the changes that occur as the temperature of the comet increases.



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Comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, imaged by the Rosetta spacecraft in August 2014.  Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, it has been traveling for more than 10 years to reach 67P, which is currently between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.  Later this year Rosetta will deploy a lander named Philae to the surface of the comet to determine its composition.  Observations of 67P will continue through its closest approach to the Sun in August 2015, revealing the changes that occur as the temperature of the comet increases.

infinity-imagined:

Comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, imaged by the Rosetta spacecraft in August 2014.  Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, it has been traveling for more than 10 years to reach 67P, which is currently between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.  Later this year Rosetta will deploy a lander named Philae to the surface of the comet to determine its composition.  Observations of 67P will continue through its closest approach to the Sun in August 2015, revealing the changes that occur as the temperature of the comet increases.

t-wei:

Current left-over prints* floating around the studio:
Cabinet.  420x420mm.  Edition of 50.  $65 USD.Jerry’s Girl 1, 2, and 3.  297x210mm.  $30 USD.Jerry’s Girls.  297x420mm.  $60 USD.
*All prints are giclee on german etching stock and hand signed.  E-mail oitwei@gmail.com for enquiries.
t-wei:

Current left-over prints* floating around the studio:
Cabinet.  420x420mm.  Edition of 50.  $65 USD.Jerry’s Girl 1, 2, and 3.  297x210mm.  $30 USD.Jerry’s Girls.  297x420mm.  $60 USD.
*All prints are giclee on german etching stock and hand signed.  E-mail oitwei@gmail.com for enquiries.
t-wei:

Current left-over prints* floating around the studio:
Cabinet.  420x420mm.  Edition of 50.  $65 USD.Jerry’s Girl 1, 2, and 3.  297x210mm.  $30 USD.Jerry’s Girls.  297x420mm.  $60 USD.
*All prints are giclee on german etching stock and hand signed.  E-mail oitwei@gmail.com for enquiries.
t-wei:

Current left-over prints* floating around the studio:
Cabinet.  420x420mm.  Edition of 50.  $65 USD.Jerry’s Girl 1, 2, and 3.  297x210mm.  $30 USD.Jerry’s Girls.  297x420mm.  $60 USD.
*All prints are giclee on german etching stock and hand signed.  E-mail oitwei@gmail.com for enquiries.
t-wei:

Current left-over prints* floating around the studio:
Cabinet.  420x420mm.  Edition of 50.  $65 USD.Jerry’s Girl 1, 2, and 3.  297x210mm.  $30 USD.Jerry’s Girls.  297x420mm.  $60 USD.
*All prints are giclee on german etching stock and hand signed.  E-mail oitwei@gmail.com for enquiries.

t-wei:

Current left-over prints* floating around the studio:

Cabinet.  420x420mm.  Edition of 50.  $65 USD.
Jerry’s Girl 1, 2, and 3.  297x210mm.  $30 USD.
Jerry’s Girls.  297x420mm.  $60 USD.


*All prints are giclee on german etching stock and hand signed.  E-mail oitwei@gmail.com for enquiries.

t-wei:

Funky Love Gunk. 

Gnarls Barkley - “Crazy”

I absolutely love this rendition. The album version is good, but this live recording is so haunting and soothing at the same time, perfectly fit to the content of the song.