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Laura Owens

Untitled, 1999, acrylic and oil on canvas, 102 x 122”

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Joan Snyder
The Orchard/The Alter, 1985
oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 90”


Alessandro Puccinelli - Intersections

Artist’s statement:

"Where Sea and Sky collide.

In essence, Intersections is all about that brief moment of time when the water of the sea blurs with the clouds of a stormy sky and creates a unique and abstract fleeting moment. When the fury of the ocean seems to take a breath before inexorably and inevitably starting again with the next wave.”

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Saturn Moon Has Thin Atmosphere

Saturn's icy moon Dione has an atmosphere, albeit a thin one, astronomers have discovered.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft revealed Dione’s atmosphere during a close flyby of the Saturnian satellite. Cassini’s data showed that Dione leaves behind “fingerprints” as it sweeps through Saturn’s huge magnetic field.

The moon is about 1.5 times as dense as liquid water, leading scientists to surmise that it’s made mostly of water ice with a rocky core.

However, Dione isn’t massive enough to hold on to a substantial atmosphere in the same way Earth does. Earth and other large bodies boast strong gravitational fields, which prevent atmospheric particles from escaping into space. Dione’s atmosphere lacks this gravitational aid—the moon’s thin layer of air exists only because it’s constantly being recharged.

Saturn is surrounded by a belt of highly energetic particles, akin to the Van Allen belts around Earth. Dione is located in this belt, and the reason it possesses an atmosphere is that these hot and very fast particles continuously splatter on the moon’s surface. When the particles hit Dione, they cause the moon’s surface ice to break apart chemically, releasing molecules that become the moon’s atmosphere.

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Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Arthur de Borman

"An undersea volcano erupts off the coast of Tonga, sending plumes of steam, ash and smoke up to 100 meters into the air, on March 18, 2009, off the coast of Nuku’Alofa, Tonga."

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Thomas Ruff - Stars, 1990

Observation shots from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) based in the Andes in Chile.

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The first successful test flight of the V-2 Rocket, on October 3rd 1942.  71 years ago today.

After World War II, the V-2 Rocket paved the way for future manned space exploration.    

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