Astronomical Cybersketching: Observational Drawing with PDAs by Peter Grego

By Peter Grego

SketchingtheSkies unexpectedly and unexpectedly, a brand new megastar seemed within the evening sky, and everybody in the neighborhood was once alarmed. no one may possibly have in mind having noticeable its like earlier than. wonderful to examine, this unforeseen intruder within the heavenly vault gave off a mild that nearly rivaled that of the total Moon, drowning out the commonplace styles of stars with its glare. the hot star’s regular white gentle penetrated deep into the sacred cave, illuminating an age-old patchwork of intricately drawn pictographs; a few of these depicted terrestrial gadgets and occasions, from mundane sketches of bison to significant and sweeping panoramic pictures of untamed galloping horses. different scenes confirmed celestial phenomena, similar to the stages of the Moon and famous asterisms, or big name styles. the subsequent morning, observed by means of solemn chanting within which the complete c- munity participated, an aged shaman entered the sacred cave through the sunshine of a fiery model and chosen an appropriate quarter upon which to depict the hot superstar. as soon as the paintings used to be complete, the shaman reappeared on the cave front; he held out his fingers large to the slowly brightening morning skies and introduced that the pow- ful magic of the recent superstar were captured and will now be used to make sure the ongoing prosperity of his tribe.

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