For a portfolio project, the two most important things to me are my 1-yr old son and my sobriety (2 yrs). How do I relate to astronomy?
This project must be related to stellar astronomy (no planets) and is free to be in whatever art form except a powerpoint or poster. The goal is to combine personal interests with something in stellar astronomy. I was thinking of paralleling star birth with my son being born and/or my own rebirth from addiction/alcoholism... but do not know how to express it. I am not an art oriented person so it's a struggle. Any help with a creative direction would be most appreciated.
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First of all, congratulations on your sobriety. That is a wonderful thing, and deserves to be commemorated.
The first idea that came to mind when I read your question was creating your own constellation and a myth to go with it. Why not take a star chart and play "connect the dots" with it to see what sort of shapes you can make that could be part of an original constellation? Then you can write the myth of that constellation. I once gave this as an assignment to a high school class. Most students acted out their newly created myths or did a puppet show or an animated version of the myth. However one of the most memorable was a young woman who dimmed the lights and spread a deerskin on the floor of my classroom. She sat down cross legged on the deer hide, lit a stick of incense, and then she quietly related her constellation myth, which was written to resemble a Native American story. In your case, you might look for star groupings that resemble a bottle or a drinking glass, and a group that reminds you of a child or baby. Tell a tale of a beautiful young woman who was seduced by the bottle god, and how she escaped and had a son who grew up bag and strong and vanquished the bottle god who had hurt his mother.
You might think of connecting your myth with a qusar and the constellations found there:
"objects are the very bright centers of some distant galaxies, where some sort of energetic action is occurring, most probably due to the presence of a supermassive black hole at the center of that galaxy ...."
You might also link your personal journey to the oscillating action of neutrinos that morph in midflight from one of three "flavors" to one of the two other flavors: muon nuetrino, tau neutrino, electron neutrino:
"only weakly interacting neutrinos can directly convey astronomical information from the edge of the universe - and from deep inside the most cataclysmic high-energy processes"
I will say the same.
Love you idea! I have begun looking for photos on APOD... thank you! How do you think I can tie in more science?
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