January 11, 1787~ Uranus moons Titania & Oberon discovered by William Herschel

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing by William Blake

c.1786 / Pencil and watercolor / 18 3/4”x26 1/2” / Tate Britain, London, UK

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The Shakespearean Moons of Uranus~
https://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited/shakespearean-moons-uranus

Previous January 11 posts:

Winter~ January 11

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/11~

January 8, 1816~ First woman is awarded Paris Academy of Sciences Prize

Sophie Germain by Zacharie Astruc

c.1895 / Based on a mask/mold evidently held by the Louvre
Commissioned by Paris City Council; located at the Lycée Sophie Germain

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Previous January 8 posts:

Winter~ January 8

David Bowie: Born Jan. 8, 1947 / Died Jan. 10, 2016

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/8~

January 3, 1496~ Leonardo unsuccessfully tests a flying machine [supposedly]

Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) by Leonardo da Vinci
(Top) f.858 recto   (Bottom) f.860 recto

c.1478-1480 / Pen and ink on paper / 12-volumes, 1,119 pp / Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy

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Previous January 3 posts:

Winter~ January 3

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/3~

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~