As a child I used to sleep outside on the roof-top terrace of our summer cottage with my grandfather and he would point out individual stars, name them, and teach me to see the constellations.
This has grown into a life-long love affair, and this week, on the 25th anniversary of the Hubble telescope, I’d like to propose a new drawing challenge: Stars.
I’m fascinated by stars.
Fascinated by the whole cosmos, that “What else is out there? How does it all work?” feeling.
Say yes, join me and come explore the stars.
And, if you like, for added inspiration pop over to the HubbleSite news centre and see amazing images like this one:
(Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI))
You can also read the accompanying story: For over two decades astronomers have been patiently monitoring the fading glow of a supernova in a nearby galaxy. They’ve been looking for a suspected companion star that pulled off almost all of the hydrogen from the doomed star that exploded. At last Hubble’s ultraviolet-light sensitivity pulled out the blue glow of the star from the cluttered starlight in the disk of the galaxy. This observation confirms the theory that the supernova originated in a double-star system where one star fuelled the mass-loss from the aging primary star. The surviving star’s brightness and estimated mass provide insight into the conditions that preceded the 1993 explosion.