A full page illustration is for the last New Yorker fiction “Mayfly” by Kevin Canty.
Big thanks to AD Jordan Awan who suggested that we could create an edge to edge butterfly piece focusing on the first paragraph of the story: “Driving across the Utah desert on I‐70, James hit a butterfly with his car. Then another. Then a shower of them, hitting the windshield like hail, wings trapped in the wipers, orange and black. The noise of them, muted but steady, woke Molly from her trance, and she looked out the windshield, at broken wings and yellow smears.”
You can read the process post on my drawger.
Highest Resolution Ever ~ Maps of Nearest Galaxies
Light masked our view of some galaxies. Now it’s all clear, thanks to Penn State, NASA and ultraviolet light mapping.
Astronomers created the
MOST super-high-resolution ultraviolet light surveys EVER
of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds,
two major galaxies closest to our own Milky Way.
With the surveys, “we can study how stars are born and evolve across each galaxy in a single view, something that’s very difficult to accomplish for our own galaxy because of our location inside it.”
Project lead from NASA, Stefan Immler
“…this project fills in a major missing piece of the scientific puzzle.”
Penn State astronomer, Michael Siegel, lead scientist
for the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) on
NASA’s Swift observatory –– a satellite, with three telescopes in Earth orbit, controlled by Penn State from Mission Operations Center on the University Park campus
Instagrammers Visit Turkmenistan’s “Door to Hell”
In the heart of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan lies “The Door to Hell,” a giant hole filled with eternally-burning fire. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas and it collapsed beneath their drilling rig, leaving a hole 70 meters (230 feet) in diameter and 20 meters (65 feet) deep. In an attempt to prevent the cavern’s poisonous gas from being released into the atmosphere, scientists decided to light it on fire and burn off the fumes. The gas is still burning today—40 years later—and a few brave Instagrammers have made the trek to the deposit to witness and document it in person.
Overheard in the Art World
Graciela Iturbide, “The Gossipers (Las chismosas),” Juchitán de las mujeresseries (Mexico, circa…