Black River Astronomical Society Gallery

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Last additions - Kelly Ricks
Full Moon Glare15 viewsA few weeks ago I stepped out onto my front porch and watched the full moon shine out from behind bands of rolling clouds. Because of an optical effect caused by my glasses, long glaring beams seemed to radiate from the moon's face and spread out over the sky like a ghostly flower. Though the thick clouds proved impenetrable to the moon's reflected brilliance, their edges still shone with feathered silver. Oct 16, 2013
Untitled12 viewsA mixture of engraving (base material is copper), paint, and drawing that hearkens back to my experiences watching sunrise from Lake Michigan's western shore. You can read more about it at my blog: 20, 2013
First Quarter Moon10 viewsIn this drawing, I've interpreted real lunar features with a bit of artistic license. The Sea of Rains is the central focus. Framing some prominent craters, this ancient volcanic plain is edged from south to north by the Appenine and Caucasus mountains, and capped by the "Alpine Valley." The northern Sea of Cold bleeds around the crater Aristotle and into the lakes of Death and Dreams, finally bringing the eye to rest on a Sea of Serenity. It is easy to get carried away with such poetic names!Sep 11, 2013
Full Moon11 viewsA collage of torn and paint-spattered black construction paper depicting the full moon. You can read further comments about it on my blog here: 30, 2013
Milky Way above the Southern Horizon21 viewsA collage using black construction paper: folded, torn, and flicked with varying levels of white paint. In the final stages I tried to add an accurate depiction of the brightest stars (you might recognize Sagittarius and Aquila), but messed up enough on Scorpius to just fill in the remainder at random. I think I'll plan that aspect out a little better in the future!Aug 17, 2013
Detail from drawing "Varieties of Light"16 viewsZoom in on a green laser pointer at a star party. May 13, 2013
Detail from drawing "Varieties of Light"16 viewsClose up of Jupiter used in "Varieties of Light"May 13, 2013
Varieties of Light27 viewsAn illustration of a few different kinds of light you might experience at a star party: starlight, reflected sunlight (shown in the crescent moon & earthshine, Venus, Jupiter & moons), green laser light, red light, and the light of discovery in a new observer's eyes. Done in Sharpie, Bic pen, and colored pencil, on white paper.May 13, 2013
Waning Daylight Moon46 viewsWaning moon sketched in colored pencil on light blue paper at 2:00 pm on 5/5/13...just before it dipped behind the trees in my backyard in Oberlin. The image is displayed as I saw it through the eyepiece, so the features are upside down. I believe the dark spot at lower right is Grimaldi crater, while the lighter blemish just above it is Schickard. The lower portion appeared darker than the upper because of Oceanus Procellarum. May 05, 2013
Pleiades47 viewsAn elaboration on M45. Sharpie, Bic pen, and colored pencil on white paper. Apr 18, 2013
Accretion: detail35 viewsClose up of Accretion's central star. Apr 18, 2013
Accretion48 viewsA young planetary system forming from dust rings that surround a central star. A three paneled drawing done in Bic pen, Sharpie, and colored pencil on white paper. Apr 18, 2013
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