It's a week to celebrate Jupiter and all things astronomy, so here's an excerpt from my "History of Drawing in Astronomy" talk to inspire you to get outside and look at the stars - and even draw them if you fancy!
All you need is paper and pencil, and ideally a red flashlight (or regular flashlight with some red cellophane over it).
So here's some starter tips:
- Use a red light so you don't ruin your night sight
Every time you turn a light on your eyes readjust. You want to adjust to the dark night sky and have your eyes stay sensitive to the stars. A quick DIY lesson.
- Look slightly to the side of the stars,“averted vision”
The advantage of averted vision - the most sensitive area of our eyes is actually part of the fovia away from the centre.
- Freehand or use a template - either way is fine!
Ideas for templates:
Clock faces (to help with directions), blank circles, blank page (because you're too creative for a template!), or download a premade template.
Jupiter is of course the star (figuratively speaking) of the show this year! It's bright in the sky and the best view of the planet in years. You can easily see it with your naked eye and it should be the brightest thing in the sky except for the moon. With binoculars you can spot dots of the moons around it. With a telescope you can see even more!
|Galileo's drawings of the moons of Jupiter|
Did you know that Galileo was the first person to draw Jupiter's moons? He kept track of where he saw the specks of light around the planet. With this he realised that Jupiter must have moons! That orbit the planet! More evidence against the doctrine that everything orbited around the Earth. Our own Moon was okay, because it orbited around us - but no other planets should have orbiting moons.
So, got your pencil?
|Jupiter and 3 (possibly 4?) moons, through binoculars|
If you are just looking with your naked eyes, then draw that big shiny Jupiter and then the stars you see around it. (it might not be as many as this - this was in a very dark sky on the coast)
|Jupiter and neighbouring stars, iPad drawing|
I've been sharing astronomy + drawing posts all this week on my Facebook page, come join me!
If you're in the area of Stanford-le-Hope, Essex and would like to attend my talk (which also helps you start a star journal, and then actual telescope viewing up on the roof afterwards) then get in touch with Essex Wildlife Trust Thurrock Thameside centre - the evening was cancelled last Friday due to weather and is rescheduled! You can find updates here.
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