Posts Tagged ‘astronomical’

SpinSpace Gallery welcomes Lionel Bret, IAAA artist, Jan 2009

December 17, 2008
IAAA artist Lionel Bret's SpinSpace Gallery show
Here’s Lionel’s show in the IAAA Wing.  A picture set is at flickr here.
four illustrations of Humans' Machines in space by Lionel Bret

four illustrations of Humans' Machines in space by Lionel Bret

His website astronomy art page is here

IAAA artist Lionel Bret exhibits at SpinSpace, the Spindrift Space Gallery on Spindrift island in the SciLands science continent, Second Life.

Six by Lionel Bret

Six by Lionel Bret

About SpinSpace Gallery and artists’ show schedules

If you already have a Second Life avatar or want to create one, here is the direct link to the SpinSpace Gallery showroom http://slurl.com/secondlife/Spindrift/45/60/24

A Martian Named Frank & Lord Rosse’s Telescopes

December 2, 2008
Birr Castle, Parsonstown, County Offaly, Ireland;
alternate 1847CE timeline
Lord Rosse Exhibition temporary islet
Lord Rosse Exhibition temporary islet

The day begain normally – I had arrived at the official opening of the “Lord Rosse’s Leviathans” historical telescopes display that Troy McLuhan had commissioned from Avatrian and then added his riding tour to.  Judging from the clothing styles of the audience members from Desmond Shang’s Victorian Independent State of Caladon continent, we were in 1847, when William Parsons put his world’s-largest 1.8m (72 inch) ‘Leviathan’ into service.

Festive opening day crowd for Rosse Exhibition

Festive opening day crowd for Rosse Exhibition

Troy wrote about the opening day speeches and events here,  and the blogosphere’s initial reactions to the exhibit/ride in this followup post.

But Troy had left out some details and was wholly unawares of what plans were being drew by intellects vast and cool …

I was sitting in the audience of two dozen avatars, marvelling still at Lord Rosse’s achievements with them, astronomers, builders, Caladonians, and others.   The noonhour arrived, heralded by the nearby tower bells.

The sharp-headed metal tripod approaches

The sharp-headed metal tripod approaches

As the tolling bells ended, we suddenly heard splashing noises – water running off of wet metal onto more metal, and hollow, at that.  I turned to look and saw a dark shiny metallic sharp-edged something raising slowly and massively from the island’s bay, dripping seawater from its bulk.  The machine, or creature, for it moved deliberately and with purpose, had five hooded glaring eyes or lanterns set into the forward jagged edges of its conical body.  It had a pair of tentacles underneath, slashing back and fro swiftly, then still, then writhing again …  (more…)

SpinSpace Gallery welcomes IAAA astro artist Steve Hobbs!

November 8, 2008
Here’s what Steve Hobbs’ art looked like during October. 
Seven paintings by Steven Hobbs - IAAA Artist
Seven paintings by Steven Hobbs – IAAA Artist
8 astronomical paintings by Steve Hobbs

8 astronomical paintings by Steve Hobbs

(We had to forgo promoting Steve’s show while downloading issues were resolved to his satisfaction, and he will get another full display show early next year. :) )

Paradox Olbers rearranging SpinSpace Gallery

Paradox Olbers rearranging SpinSpace Gallery

Paradox Olbers rearranging the IAAA room 

All 15 paintings by Steve Hobbs glowing at midnight
All 15 paintings by Steve Hobbs glowing at midnight

The IAAA is the International Association of Astronomical Artists.  Learn more about them at their website.   … and more about Steve’s art at his website.

Learn more about SpinSpace, the Spindrift Space Gallery and about SpinSpace artists’ show schedules. If you already have a Second Life avatar or want to create one, here is the direct link to the SpinSpace Gallery showroom http://slurl.com/secondlife/Spindrift/45/60/24

SciEye scopes the 1st MICA “Ask An Astronomer!” meeting

October 28, 2008

SPNN NEWS – Kira Cafe, Baikun Island, Second Life.

Kira Cafe is at http://slurl.com/secondlife/BaikUn/247/96/251

Ask An Astronomer! at Kira Cafe
Ask An Astronomer! at Kira Cafe

MICA stands for Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics, a professional scientific and educational, non-profit organization based in virtual worlds.  The new MICA Director, Prof. George Djorgovski of CalTech [SL: Curious George], who has just taken over from founder Piet Hut of IAS, Princeton [SL: Pema Pera] took questions for over an hour from a crowd of 17 avatars at the first “Ask An Astronomer!” session.  The 11 am PDT/SLT public astronomy hour will be every two weeks.

A dozen & a half avatars Asking an Astronomer

A dozen & a half avatars Asking an Astronomer

Much of the hour was spent on the shape of the universe, regions beyond observability, dark matter, and other large-scale issues.  George tried to get questions rephrased if he couldn’t clearly see what the questioner had in mind, and, although he’d reserved the right to say “I don’t know!” he usually had an at least partial answer for most of the inquiries once vocabularies had been translated from non-astronomer to practicing astronomer/astrophysicist and vice-versa.
Curious George)

Prof. George Djorgovski of CalTech (SL: Curious George)

Spindrift Space Gallery – Jan 2008

January 19, 2008

Here’s a look at the various wings of Spindrift Space Gallery:

*Spindrift Space astronomical art [Update Jan 2009 – SpinSpace Gallery acquired its own building in summer 2008.  Here’s my flickr photo set of SpinSpace.]  And the slurl is: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Spindrift/89/84

spindrift-gallery-20070529s.jpg

*Ringworld Space Engineering illustrations

ringworld-gallery-20071219s.jpg

*Illustration Exchange incubator project

(more…)


%d bloggers like this: