May 17, 2014 |
Sun and sand, of course, have always been the primary draw of the Jersey Shore. And certainly the lights and bright neon of the boardwalks and amusements at night will always beckon young and old. But the moonlight and natural phosphorescent glow on breaking waves have their charms, too. So those who venture out at night to experience the Shore - beyond, say, dinner and a movie, or a ride on a roller coaster - have the chance to think outside...
May 9, 2014 |
'The moon has a strange look tonight . . . she is like a mad woman who is seeking everywhere for lovers . . . the clouds . . . clothe her nakedness but she won't let them . . . she reels through the clouds like a drunken woman. " And that's only a scene-setting speech in Oscar Wilde's lurid telling of how Princess Salome used her sexual wiles, amid the night sky, to bring about the execution of John the Baptist - magnified to the nth degree by Richard Strauss' scandalous music. Often presented in concert versions (by the Vienna Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony this spring alone)
January 10, 2014 |
FROM a distance, when illuminated, the circular sign hanging outside the Print Center, on Latimer Street, resembles a photograph of the sun ablaze with solar flares. As one approaches, however, the image reveals itself as a close-up of dog's fur. That sort of play between the astronomical and the everyday runs throughout "Canicular," artist Demetrius Oliver's new exhibition, which opened yesterday at the Print Center. The show, continuing through March 22, was inspired by Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, and particularly its nickname, the "Dog Star.
January 10, 2014 |
When artist Demetrius Oliver's exhibition "Canicular" opens at the Print Center on Friday, it will be months late. For that, you can blame the cosmos. "We had planned this exhibition for the fall," the center's assistant director, Ashley Peel Pinkham said. "But we had to move it, because the stars would not have been aligned at that time. " She meant that literally. The trouble was, the exhibition's centerpiece is a cylindrical, observatory-like space crowned by a video projection of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, live-streamed from a telescope at the Franklin Institute.
December 27, 2013 |
Through the wide opening in a rooftop dome on the engineering building at Widener University, the most prominent feature of the view is a brilliantly lit Days Inn billboard. Focus a bit more, and you'll notice a cellphone tower, a patchwork of illuminated city buildings, and an airplane blinking across a grayish night sky. Harry Augensen has made it his mission to show residents of Chester that there are stars there, too. On many Monday and Friday evenings, he invites community members of all ages to the roof of Kirkbride Hall, where he runs Widener's observatory.
March 24, 2013 |
A possible meteor that blazed briefly but spectacularly across the Friday night sky was reported all along the Eastern seaboard, including the Philadelphia area. On Twitter, Alyson White of Philadelphia excitedly announced that she had seen a "huge shooting star. " "It was crazy," she wrote in an e-mail to The Inquirer. "I saw it at about 7:53. There was green, blue, and white rays coming off of it, and it was soaring through the sky, then it just like exploded and it was gone.
January 8, 2012
10 for the Road Connecticut. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, billed as the world's largest American Indian museum, presents "Pequot Lives: Almost Vanished. " The museum is located on Pequot Trail in Ledyard, near the Foxwoods Resort and Casino. www.pequotmuseum.org ; 800-411-9671. Delaware. Celebrate a maritime anniversary with "The Things They Carried Aboard Kalmar Nyckel, in 1637-38" - the ship's first transatlantic voyage, which brought the first permanent European settlers to Delaware and the Philadelphia region.
July 5, 2011 |
CHERRY SPRINGS STATE PARK, Pa. - This is one of the darkest places in the Eastern United States, an oasis of blackness so deep it must be what our ancestors saw at night. A little after 9, as twilight turned itself down, Dwight Dulsky, an art teacher and amateur astronomer from Bucks County, saw the first light snap on. It was the bright star Vega, the master of ceremonies, opening the show on a rare, perfect night, with a clear sky and no moon over the endless, big woods of northern Pennsylvania.
November 16, 2010 |
Logan Pszalgowski can't believe his eyes. "I can see the whole moon," exclaims the 7-year-old Mount Laurel resident, his wonder-struck little voice rising into the night sky. Logan, his twin brother, Aidan, and their mother, Bonnie, are exploring the heavens through Steve Mattan's 80mm refracting telescope at a Star Watch sponsored by the Willingboro Astronomical Society. Mattan, 50, a software-development manager from Edgewater Park, is among about 20 amateur astronomers gathered in an open field near the Batsto Historic Village Visitor Center in Wharton State Forest.