Outer space

Carina Nebula wrapped around a parking pole #starwraps

Six lessons learned from wrapping the Carina Nebula around a parking pole

I had a feeling something was going to happen while I was carrying around a eight-foot long print of the Carina Nebula. My plans were to wrap this colorful strip of paper around something in public and take photographs of it. This art placement is part of a series I call Star Wraps (flickr gallery). …

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The best candy to eat while enjoying a Supermoon lunar eclipse

Six reasons why red M&M’s are the perfect treat for a Supermoon lunar eclipse

What is the perfect snack to enjoy while watching the moon turns red and slowly disappears? I found myself pondering this question while sitting on my back porch watching this rare celestial event. Digging through the pantry, M&M’s became the answer for the perfect treat to enjoy during a Supermoon lunar eclipse. 1. The moon …

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A cool diagram of the sun's location

Where is the sun?

If you ask “Where is the sun?” to Wolfram Alpha, you get a cool astronomy diagram! In my case, I had to add on “in Chicago”, because Wolfram Alpha thought I was in Florida, based on our internet provider at work.

a whole lotta stanley cups

500 million visualized

With the Stanley Cup in the news again as Chicago won its third Stanley Cup in six years, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium made an infographic revealing that 429,305,338 Stanley Cups stacked on top of one another would reach the Moon. What else is approximately 500 million? The population of North America is 476,028,165 people. America (320,970,000), …

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The Andromeda Galaxy wrapped around a tree branch

The day I wrapped a tree branch with the galaxy

Every artist has their go-to methods when creativity runs dry. Tools like sketchpads. Working in locations like coffee shops. For me one of my methods is to make artwork to place on the front of Tribune Tower. 149 rocks from around the world are embedded on the exterior of Tribune Tower in Chicago. One of …

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How to count to ten in Estonian and Ewokese

Learn how to count to ten in Ewokese, or Estonian. Which is which? One language is spoken by short furry creatures on the Forest Moon of Endor. The other language is spoken by Finnic people in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. One language is based on Chalmuk, a Mongolian, nomadic tribal dialect. The other …

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Moon Cheese for sale

Moon Cheese for sale

We all know the Moon is made of cheese. Even the Chinese know, because they are going to the Moon to bring back its delicious cheese. The taste is so out of this world! Why wait for the Chinese to mine more Moon Cheese? You can buy Moon Cheese straight from Amazon. This would make …

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8-bit Ewoks in Tiny Death Star

What can be cuter than 8-bit artwork of ewoks? Thankfully the ewok card came to me early in the iPhone Star Wars game, Tiny Death Star. The card proudly proclaims, “Furred natives of the forest moon of Endor, the Ewoks appear cute and somewhat dimwitted, but they are actually fierce warriors and skilled artisans. They …

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