Art & Astronomy (June 2015)

Welcome to the first ever presentation of our biannual Art & Astronomy section. We had so many wonderful submissions this time, I can hardly believe the support.

To view and share the gallery, please click here.

We have three categories: Astrophotography, Visual Communication, and Astronomy Appreciation. For more information about these categories please check out our submission guidelines here.

All of our publications this time around are under the Astrophotography category and we would like to extend a thank you to all of the community members who submitted. Congratulations on being awesome!

Brent Sorensen

Our first collection comes from Brent Sorensen, a professor of physics at Southern Utah University who is committed to getting the best photos of astronomical events no matter how early in the morning they might appear.

Lunar Eclipse 2012 by Professor Brent Sorensen

Lunar eclipse taken from Ashcroft Observatory by Brent Sorensen

Partial Lunar Eclipse, taken from the Ashcroft Observatory with a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain.

Comet Pan-STARRS by Brent Sorensen

Comet PanSTARRS 2013 taken with a 7-inch Maksutov by Professor Brent Sorensen

Comet PanSTARRS 2013 taken with a 7-inch Maksutov.

 Solar Eclipse 2012 Through a Telescope by Brent Sorensen

2012 Annular Solar Eclipse Taken at Kanarraville, UT by professor Brent Sorensen

2012 Annular Solar Eclipse Taken at Kanarraville, UT.

Solar Eclipse 2012 Without Telescope by Brent Sorensen

2012 Solar Eclipse Taken in Kanarraville, UT by Professor Brent Sorensen

2012 Solar Eclipse Taken in Kanarraville, UT.

2012 Venus Transit by Brent Sorensen

Photo of the Venus Transit of 2012 taken by Brent Sorensen

Photo of the Venus Transit of 2012.

Jennifer Ova

Our next collection comes from Jennifer Ova. She is a photographer who lives in Enoch, Utah, and loves taking pictures of the outdoors, including the night sky. One of her most popular shots was taken in 2010 when she caught a single meteor from the Perseid Meteor Shower. To see more of her photography, you can check out her Flickr page here.

I Lassoed the Moon by Jennifer Ova

I Lassoed the Moon by Jennifer Ova

I Lassoed the Moon

Annular Eclipse 2012 by Jennifer Ova

Annular Eclipse 2012 Series by Jennifer Ova

Annular Eclipse 2012 Series

The Moon by Jennifer Ova

The Moon by Jennifer Ova

The Moon Half Filled

I Still See You by Jennifer Ova

I Still See You by Jennifer Ova

I Still See You

Perseid Meteor Shower 2010 by Jennifer Ova

Perseid Meteor 2010 by Jennifer Ova

Perseid Meteor 2010.

Leesa Ricci

These next two photos were taken by Leesa Ricci, of the Southern Utah Space Foundation, when Venus and Jupiter were thinking about being friends for a while – but they’ve since moved on. The brighter planet to the lower right is Venus, and up and to the left is Jupiter. Both photos were taken after midnight, however the moon was full and lit the rocks quite brightly. Leesa works extensively with the Southern Utah Space Foundation, but she also runs her own, less professional, astronomy vlog which you can check out here. She suffers from not currently owning her own clock drive.

There’s No Place Like Venus by Leesa Ricci

There's No Place like Venus Taken at Three Peaks by Leesa Ricci 2015

There’s No Place like Venus Taken at Three Peaks.

Jupiter’s Eye by Leesa Ricci

Jupiter's Eye Taken at Three Peaks by Leesa Ricci 2015

Jupiter’s Eye Taken at Three Peaks.

Sara Penny

Sara Penny directs Suzuki Strings Cedar City, teaches private violin and viola lessons, is on the Cedar City Arts Council Board, and is the administrative assistant for the Orchestra of Southern Utah (OSU). She is a past president and manager of OSU. She plays viola for both OSU and the Southern Utah String Quartet.  Sara founded a Music Festival in 1983 in Cedar City which has now become the Southern Utah String Festival, Piano Music Festival, and regional Orchestra Festival.  The American String Teachers Association, Utah Chapter, recognized her as the Educator of the Year in 2005.  She earned a BA from the University of Utah.  She has also been recognized with the Utah Humanities Council Mayor’s Award and the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts.  Before returning to Utah Sara taught high school photography and journalism and then hosted a  classical music radio morning show on the NPR affiliate in Beaumont, Texas. She is married to Desmond Penny and they have two children and four grandchildren. To see more of her work, check out her blog here.

Partial Lunar Eclipse by Sara Penny

Moon in the Daylight by Sara Penny

Lunar Eclipse in the Daylight by Sara Penny.

Randall Dunning

Randall Dunning grew up in a sleepy little town in Southern Nevada called Las Vegas and has subsequently lived in Utah, Arizona and Colorado.  A self-proclaimed “desert rat”, he has a strong bond with the West and the dark skies it serves as sanctuary to.  As a lifelong learner, he considers himself a perpetual student of science with a particular affinity for the fields of physics, astronomy, mathematics and chemistry.  During his undergraduate studies in physics at Utah State University he participated in a research project at the Neils Bohr institute in Denmark.  Mr. Dunning has worked as an Astronomical Observatory Technician and has been employed at several National Parks as a Night Sky Interpreter, also known as a Dark Ranger. Randall is always eager to share his passion for and understanding of science and nature with others.

Randall Dunning took these photos with Chad Weaver at the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah. Although the telescope they used was only a 14-inch, the remote location resulted in absolutely stunning photos.

M13 by Randall Dunning and Chad Weaver

The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules taken at MDRS by Randy Dunning and Chad Weaver

The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules taken at MDRS.

M57 by Randall Dunning and Chad Weaver

Messier 57 The Ring Nebula Taken at MDRS by Randy Dunning and Chad Weaver

The Ring Nebula taken at MDRS.

M51 by Randall Dunning and Chad Weaver

The Whirlpool Galaxy taken at MDRS by Randy Dunning and Chad Weaver

The Whirlpool Galaxy taken at MDRS.

M16 by Randall Dunning and Chad Weaver

The Eagle Nebula taken at MDRS by Randy Dunning and Chad Weaver

The Eagle Nebula taken at MDRS.

Thank you to all our artists! These photos are truly breathtaking. If you or someone you know would like to submit for our next spotlight on Astronomy & Art, our next presentation will be December 6. Please send all submissions to leesa@susf.org by 11/20/15. If you have any questions, please email us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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