Not from Flickr this week: back in June I blogged about Van Gogh’s lesser known Starry Night painting – Starry Night over the Rhone.
The APOD for September 21st is a high res pic of the painting, which is probably the best opportunity you’ll get online to examine some detail of the brushwork and layered paint techniques.
All those stars reminded me – it’s nearly September equinox time (it’s becoming more common to no longer refer to vernal/autumnal equinoxes or summer/winter solstices because it gives the wrong impression that it’s the same season simultaneously around the world). The equinox falls on tomorrow, September 23rd at 1:09 pm Sydney time.
I also found a cool new astro tool – click on this Day-Night World Map and see what parts of our planet are currently illuminated by the Sun. There’s even handy-dandy settings to see what’s happening at various times of the year, and this is where the Sun will be illuminating the planet on the September equinox:
Have a happy Equinox tomorrow, folks.