"Stargazers could be in for a rare display Friday night as an Earth-directed solar flare ignites the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, in the United States. As a result of the flare’s direction and strength, the dazzling light display could reach as far south as Maryland in the East and down over Nebraska farther west."
NICE! I’ll be watching in Seattle!
For once, the skies are clear near me for an astronomical event. I’ll be going up to the mountains and taking some photos tonight!
I’m right on the edge of the good, might have to go hang out on the beach tonight … with a big blanket wrapped around me as it’s supposed to get down to 40 F tonight.
The featured panorama is a 12-image mosaic taken last month from the Salar de Atacama salt flat in northern Chile. The calm water is Laguna Cejar, a salty lagoon featuring a large central sinkhole. On the image left, the astrophotographer’s fiancee is seen capturing the same photogenic scene.
The night sky is lit up with countless stars, the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies on the left, and the band of our Milky Way galaxy running diagonally up the right. The Milky Way may appear to be causing havoc at the horizon, but those are just the normal lights of a nearby town.
Art installation by Syver Lauritzsen and Eirik Haugen Murvold is a paint-emitting plinth that disperses colour according to local mood on social media - video embedded below:
MONOLITT is an interactive installation that quite literally paints the mood of the city, using social media feeds as an input. The installation takes electronic signals and lets them manifest themselves in the physical world. Using sentiment analytics, the installation links tweets to corresponding colored paints in realtime, feeding them out through the top of the sculpture, letting them flow into a procedurally generated three-dimensional painting.