The Forks of Damocles…
~ The Mentor: A Little Book for the Guidance of Such Men and Boys as would Appear to Advantage in the Society of Persons of the Better Sort, by Alfred Ayres, 1884
via Hathi Trust Digital Library
Springfield, Mass., circa 1908. “Railroad arch on Main Street.” Seen here a couple months ago from another vantage. 8x10 glass negative. View full size. via Shorpy
This is a design to showcase the biggest star (VY Canis Majoris) and compare it with increasingly smaller but also increasingly familiar bodies.
The color given to each body is its average color, and in case of the stars reflects how hot it is. Stars that emit blue or even ultraviolet light are the hottest, while stars that emit red light are significantly cooler.
Below each name of the star you will find how many solar radii big they are (1 solar radius is the size of the Sun). In case of the planets, it shows how many Earth radii each body is.
VY Canis Majoris is 1,800 to 2,100 solar radii big, which means that 5,832,000,000 to 9,621,000,000 Suns will fit into VY Canis Majoris.
Our sun is the only star close enough to make proper photographs of, so all other photos were unusable in this presentation. Artists’ impressions aren’t always equally accurate. For example, the Sun looks red in all photo’s, yet it’s classified as a yellow dwarf, and it emits yellow to greenish light.
That’s why I chose to make an abstract representation of each body, because in this presentation only size and color matters; not what the body actually looks like. Browse the web if you want to find out what they look like.
East Carson Boulevard Laundry, Pittsburgh, 1950
Julia Child and television crew on the set of her cooking show, The French Chef, Photo by Paul Child, 1963 (via Vintage Photo LJ)
Photo by Helmut Newton for Vogue, 1972
Tuesday Weld, California, 1965
HERE WE SEE THE NASTY VICIOUS PITBULL IN ITS HORRIFYINGLY NATURAL HABITAT
(Source: animalsthatdopeoplethings, via wrcsolace)
Happy Flag Day!
Letter from Sheryl Byland to President Dwight D. Eisenhower Regarding American Flag Design Suggestion, 10/1958
vintage green sectional sofa, 1970s (www.retronaut.com)