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ToSeek
2007-Nov-14, 06:35 PM
The Milky Way as a Garden (http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=1576)


There is a galaxy on Hawaii. Not an actual galaxy, of course, as a typical island of stars contains many billions of suns and spans hundreds of thousands of light years. The galaxy residing on the largest of that particular chain of Pacific islands is a 100-foot wide living representation of the vast stellar realm our planet and humanity dwells in, the Milky Way.

Called the Galaxy Garden, the idea for this unique project began about eight years ago in the mind of artist Jon Lomberg, who worked with Cornell University astronomer Carl Sagan on his Cosmos PBS television series and created the artwork placed on the golden Voyager Interstellar Record. The Galaxy Garden website is here. (http://www.galaxygarden.net/)

Tucson_Tim
2007-Nov-14, 07:01 PM
What a great idea! That is really pretty.

I large chunk of obsidian would be great as the nucleus, representing the black hole at the center.

ngc3314
2007-Nov-14, 07:22 PM
The Galaxy Garden website is here. (http://www.galaxygarden.net/)

And it mentions that the New Moon foundation provided - wait for it - seed money.

parejkoj
2007-Nov-15, 01:29 AM
Toseeked! (http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2007/10/01/galaxy-garden/)

KaiYeves
2007-Nov-15, 01:41 AM
I saw a link to this on Celebrating Sagan a while ago.
Man, that would be a great place to hang out.

Cougar
2007-Nov-15, 02:02 AM
At first glance I was a little disappointed. I mean, plants? Then I took the tour (http://www.galaxygarden.net/tour.html). Man, they put a lot of thought into this thing! I especially like the globular clusters up off the plane. And the properly shaped black hole fountain in the center, of course. :cool:

Tucson_Tim
2007-Nov-15, 02:13 AM
At first glance I was a little disappointed. I mean, plants? Then I took the tour (http://www.galaxygarden.net/tour.html). Man, they put a lot of thought into this thing! I especially like the globular clusters up off the plane. And the properly shaped black hole fountain in the center, of course. :cool:

I think it's brilliant.

parejkoj
2007-Nov-15, 02:21 AM
Just looked at the tour.

That's a lot cooler than I first thought. I didn't know M3 was so close to the plane and center...