Monday, June 11, 2012
parley view parsnip... Venus Transit
NASA has released a spectacular 3 minute video of the 6 hour Venus Solar Transit.
Between the different images and the great music my nerd/geek gene kicked in big time.
Every time I watch this, the images and music just rips into my heart with wonder and surprise.
And it brought back so many memories.
When I was in High School, one year my science class was given the opportunity to work on projects for the Science Fair.
It was extra work but just for fun I decided why not ? What a hoot !
Of course I picked something that had to do with stars.
I grew up looking at the stars. If you were lucky enough to grow up in Tucson, Arizona as I was, the clear night sky is overloaded with stars.
My Father who was working, at this time, at the Kitt Peak Observatories outside of Tucson and the Observatories in Chile helped me research the calculating of distant planets by reading the different color spectrum the planets projected.
If I already hadn't decided on a career as a commercial artist, I would have picked space and the stars. I am not sure what field I could have worked in as my math skills are not the best but what a life that would have been.
After watching this video for the hundred time I think my favorite part is the ending where the music slows down and gets real quiet and you see Venus disappear into the night.
Great job NASA, sign me up !
and of course...
Beam me up Scotty !
watching. . . parsnip
music. . . The Sheltering Sky, Ryuichi Sakamoto
I moved back to Tucson after 40 years away. The home I bought is on a small hill out in the country.
I don't have any curtains, so I can look out at the mountains and the sky.
The first few night I spent in the home I kept wondering why it is so bright outside ? Did I leave a light on ?
One night I get up look around no lights left on but as I look outside it is so bright.
I walk outside and realize it is the moon shinning so brilliantly that it makes shadows like the sun and the stars, so many stars, million of stars filling up the sky.
I had forgotten just how clear the night sky can be and how beautiful.
I had lived for so long in cities and then next to the ocean in Laguna Beach, I realized with all the moisture, fog and city lights that I never really saw the moon and stars as I once did.
Isn't life grand ?