Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Showing posts with label Mercury. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mercury. Show all posts

Monday, January 27, 2014

20th Century Camera Chronicles

Soldier (1940). Image Source: Art Agenda.

This past week, the BBC World News ran a series on the history of German art, including the photographer August Sander (1876-1964), who chronicled the state of his society before the First World War through the post World War II period.  At this time, the camera was cutting edge technology and Sander aimed to use it to capture his surroundings at that moment. His first collection from 1929 was entitled Face of Our Time. A later series, also from the Weimar period, was entitled People of the 20th Century. Through the thirty-year height of his career, roughly 1910 to 1940, his work shows a huge transformation of German society. By 1945, he had taken over 40,000 photographs of German people.

Sander is considered to be "the most important German portrait photographer of the early twentieth century." To honour his vision and accomplishments, there is a crater named after him on the planet Mercury.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Photo of the Day: Saturn and Friends

Image Source: NASA.

This is: Saturn and two of its moons, Titan (foreground) and Prometheus (dot in the background, just above one of the rings). Hat tip: Lee Hamilton. Titan, incidentally, is larger than the planet, Mercury; it is the largest of Saturn's 62 moons.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mission to Mercury

A false colour image of Mercury, captured by Messenger, using several  filters (6 October 2008). Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Arizona State University/Carnegie Institute of Washington. Image Source: Space.com.

For weeks now, space-exploration-related Websites have been anticipating the entry of NASA's Messenger craft into Mercury's Orbit today. The craft has a heat shield made of ceramic cloth to shield Messenger from temperature extremes as high as 425 degrees Celcius and -185 degrees Celcius.  The cloth keeps the instruments consistently at room temperature.  It has taken more than six years for Messenger to travel to Mercury and line it up so that it enters the planet's orbit.

The planet was previously fleetingly photographed by Mariner 10 (1974-1975), and by Messenger itself during a fly-by in 2008. Machines Like Us reports that the Deputy Project Scientist, Louise Prockter's reflected on the mission as follows:
On receipt of ... early images of Mercury, Prockter writes: "How often in your life do you get to see something completely unexplored?...My first feeling was one of complete joy and disbelief – a perfect, beautiful, gibbous Mercury filled the screen, showing an incredible level of detail."
This mission will bring unprecedented photographs of the planet, which is slightly larger than our Moon, to public attention over the coming months.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Remembering Poet Edwin Morgan

Adaptation of Morgan's poem The First Men on Mercury by Metaphrog.

Neil Gaiman recently tweeted on a cool comics adaptation of The First Men on Mercury, by Scots poet Edwin Morgan that was circulated in the UK for 2009's National Poetry Day.  Morgan sadly died on 17 August.