Friday, December 25, 2015

Astronomy Sketches

Planet original
Last month, I drew a couple astronomy-related pictures using a graphite pencil on a sheet of white paper. The problem with pencil sketching is that it's hard to draw white glowing objects... so I sketched a negative, and then uploaded the images to my computer and inverted them. Then I increased the contrast to improve the black background and enhance the white.

The image at the top of this post is a ringed planet, possibly Saturn. I included three moons and some lighting on the backside from the rings. The whole image was smaller than a dime.

Black hole original

The image below is an imagined view of a black hole. I included high-energy jets of ejected material and an accretion disk. Most black holes are not actively consuming material, and do not have jets. But those are boring to draw.

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Friday, December 18, 2015


Bubbles in space
Imagine the universe is filled with water. Instead of empty space, every inch of it contains pure water. No planets, no stars, only water. What happens? And what would happen if an air bubble formed?

The answer to this question requires a basic understanding of gravity.