Week 9: Space and Art
I have been fascinated with space since I started watching science documentaries with my dad at a young age. The universe is a massive, never-ending hole that tends to baffle all of us. The Earth we currently live on is large, beautiful, full of surprises, unknown, and bigger than our minds can imagine. But when we think about the universe as a whole, it’s five zillion times what we fathom about the Earth. It’s even difficult to measure the size of the universe because of how unknown it is and the fact that it cannot be compared to anything else is a head scratcher within itself. To me, space has also been art as I know it has been to many. The fact that we have only explored a tiny portion of our universe tells us that there is so much more out there to be discovered. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to take an astronomy class that was actually held at the planetarium in Santa Barbara. There, we had access to millions of dollars worth of advanced equipment where we learned to use a high tech and newly revolutionized telescope to see into space. Not only was it the most fascinating experience, but the beauty of space through the lens of a telescope had me in awe til this day. Below is a photo of the moon that I took through the telescope on a night of a full moon.
Many theories and beliefs arose over many years that developed an in depth research in which helps to understand the solar system and the universe at large. When we think about the phenomenal features that have developed over time to improve the studies within the space, we often think about Galileo Galleli. He had a telescope invention that played a monumental role in our understanding of the solar system and being able to hypothesize the possibility of other life forms in the universe (Space Pt1). How did he do it? Galileo pointed his telescope towards the one thing that people thought was perfectly smooth and as polished as a gemstone – the Moon. Imagine his surprise to find it “”uneven, rough, full of cavities and prominences.” His telescope had its flaws, such as a narrow field of view that could only show about one quarter of the lunar disk without repositioning, but a revolution had begun.
When we think about all the research that has gone into space, we can draw up how movies played an important role in explaining that to the public, like you and I. Movies like Interstellar, Gravity, Armageddon (one of my favorites), and even Star Wars, have demonstrated a creative and artistic way to distribute information to all of us. They often explore the endless possibilities and creativity that space, art and technology have to offer. While some of these movies are based off of the future of technology, the still hold a lot of valid information that very much fascinates us in a way that blows our made how unknown space really is.
Just as said in the lecture videos, the propaganda, digital art in TVs, newspaper comics and so forth altered the viewers and audience to encourage scientific research - which happened to be the reason why we have advanced in the information of our universe - although there is still so much more to discover (Space; Part III). Art helped to develop a new way of looking into space and exploring all that it has to offer.
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