Straightening up the cosmos

Straightening up the cosmos

Straightening up the cosmos

Bad Astronomy
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May 3 2012 10:00 AM

Straightening up the cosmos

Oh, what's an astronomer to do?

Faced with a messy sky, stars scattered here and there, faint and bright, how can we ever measure them?

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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Perhaps we should turn to artists. Urs Wehrli has an idea of how to fix this situation. Faced with this picture:


He turned it into this one:

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Ha! Awesome. It does make it easier to find the galaxies, doesn't it?

Herr Wehrli has a knack for this; if you like that sky cleaning routine, you should see what he does with alphabet soup, a conifer twig, and a grassy field with sunbathers. He has these pictures, and more, in his books, including The Art of Tidying Up. I gotta say, I dig this guy's sense of humor.

Pictures credit: Urs Wehrli. Tip o' the dust pail to Lawrence Cuthbert, via Jeannie Jeannie.