September 5, 1977~ NASA launches the Voyager 1 spacecraft

The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park  by Ansel Adams

1942 (Negative) / Gelatin silver print / This photo was one of the images included on the Golden Record
launched into space on both Voyager spacecrafts

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The Golden Record Both Voyager spacecrafts carry a greeting to any form of life, should that be encountered. The message is carried by a phonograph record—a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages.
~ https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/frequently-asked-questions/fast-facts/

Index of images~ http://re-lab.net/welcome/images.html

Previous September 5 posts:

Hispanic Artists~September 5

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/5~

August 12, 2019~ Perseid Meteor Shower peaks overnight

Persée (Perseus) by Joseph Blanc

1869 / Oil on canvas / 119”x68 1/2” / Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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NASA Blogs: Perseids Peak August 11-13~
https://blogs.nasa.gov/Watch_the_Skies/2019/08/01/perseids-peak-august-11-13/

Previous August 12 posts:

Self Portraits~August 12

Cecil B. DeMille: Born August 12, 1881

August 12 or 19: Birthday of George Bellows

Erwin Schrödinger: Born August 12, 1887

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/12~

August 6, 2012~ NASA’s rover Curiosity successfully lands on Mars

Mars Dust by Alma Thomas

1972 / Acrylic on canvas / 69 1/4”x57 1/8” / Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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Link: 50 Years Ago, Alma Thomas Made ‘Space’ Paintings that Imagined the Moon and Mars

Previous August 6 posts:

Self Portraits~August 6

August 6, 1945: Enola Gay drops 5-ton bomb over Hiroshima

Andy Warhol: Born August 6, 1928

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/6~

May 20, 1883~ Krakatoa’s first activity in 200+ years; eruptions turn deadly August 26

Atmospheric effects of the Krakatoa eruption by William Ascroft (1832-1914, British)

Chromolithographic reproduction of pastel sketches; used as front piece for “The Eruption of Krakatoa, and Subsequent Phenomena:
Report of the Krakatoa committee of the Royal Society (1888)” / 11 3/5”x8 1/2” / Houghton Library, Harvard University

Clouds Like Blood: How a 19th-Century Volcano Changed the Color of Sunsets~
https://hyperallergic.com/173597/clouds-like-blood-how-a-19th-century-volcano-changed-the-color-of-sunsets/

Previous May 20 posts:

Love & War~ May 20

Artist Birthday Quiz for 5/20~

April 20, 1535~ Two-hour atmospheric optical phenomenon observed over Stockholm

Vädersolstavlan (“The Sun Dog Painting”) by Jacob Elbfas,
based on original by Urban målare (Urban [the] painter)

1535, 1636 / Oil on panel / 64”x43 1/3” / Storkyrkan (The Great Church), Stockholm, Sweden

Previous April 20 posts:

Spring~ April 20

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Odilon Redon: Born April 20, 1840

Artist Birthday Quiz for 4/20~

March 13, 1759~ First predicted perihelion(*) of Halley’s Comet

Illustration of a Comet from The Book of Miracles, Unknown artist, Augsburg, Germany

c.1552 / Gouache and watercolor / approx. 9 1/2”x13 1/2” / Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs

In 1705 English astronomer Edmond Halley published the first catalog of the orbits of 24 comets. His calculations showed that comets observed in 1531, 1607, and 1682 had very similar orbits. Halley suggested that they were really one comet that returned approximately every 76 years, and he predicted that comet’s return in 1758. Halley did not live to see his prediction come true (he died in 1742), but the comet was sighted late in 1758, passed perihelion —(*)closest distance to the Sun — March 13, 1759, and was named in Halley’s honour. Its periodic returns demonstrated that it was in orbit around the Sun and, thus, that at least some comets were members of the solar system.
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Halleys-Comet

Previous March 13 posts:

March 13~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Al Jaffee: Born March 13, 1921

William James Glackens: March 13, 1870-May 22, 1938

March 13~

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/13~