Astronomy and the Origin of Cinema

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As far back as I remember, I was always fascinated both by astronomy and cinema. As a kid, I was mesmerized by the stars shining both on the sky and on the screen of my neighborhood’s cinema. Memories from movies like the Star Wars trilogy or from observing the Perseid meteor shower left a huge impact on me.

Now that I am older, I don’t go outside to admire the stars so often and my neighborhood’s cinema no longer exists, but my love for astronomy and cinema didn’t fade away. I still feel quite excited when I see the latest outstanding snapshot of the oldest light in the Universe by ESA’s Planck satellite or when I see how Wes Anderson use symmetry on his movies, for name a few examples. It’s no wonder then that at some point in my life I wanted to become either a cinema director…

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Berlin Glas e.V. and Kids Blow Glas celebrate the International Year of Light 2015!

International Year of Light Blog

Glass and light share a long history in art. In ancient times, glass was used to mimic rare gems, its preciousness was important enough to be mentioned in the Bible (Job 28: 17)[1]. Glass’ ability to absorb, redirect, and reflect light on the intense coloured surfaces of the imitated stones played a major role. Much later in Europe, glass was cut and painted, and arranged to convey stories. Church windows used the light that transmitted through the massive windows to convey didactic stories that were painted on glass panels. In contemporary art, light is used to encapsulate and create an illusion of tangible space, defining negative spaces that become the object itself. The renown Czech artists Stanislav Libenský (1921-2002) and Jaroslava Brychtová (1924-) discovered that through negative modeling a new conception in sculpting with glass could be developed; and light became an essential component on the creation of narratives within…

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Taking Light Beyond the Bulb

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Now that we’ve flipped the calendar page to January, it’s a chance to celebrate that 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) by the United Nations. We don’t take this opportunity – pardon the pun – lightly.  This is for several reasons. First, our jobs revolve around light.  We work for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which is a telescope in space that observes X-rays from the Universe. X-rays are a kind of light. In fact, there are many different kinds of light, but only one that the human eye can detect naturally (called optical, or “visible,” light).

Arcand_1 Many kinds of light: This illustration shows the range of the electromagnetic spectrum, in order of increasing frequency or energy, from radio waves, to microwave, to infrared, to visible or optical, to ultraviolet, to X rays, to gamma rays. Credits: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

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Perceiving Light – the trickiest biological application on Earth

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One of the most important abilities developed by living organisms on Earth is adaptation to the light that comes from the nearest star in our galaxy – the Sun. This ability is called light perception. Interestingly, it defines not only the perception of a source of light, but the perception of all surrounding reality! It determines colors, shapes, orientation in space and in time.

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