Astronomy, amongst all the sciences, is unusual in it's ability to inspire. Through the ages, and in almost every culture on Earth objects in the sky have been the subject of countless drawings, poems and pieces of music. This page is devoted to all forms of Art which are inspired by or include references to Astronomy.
Astronomical references in architecture is more common than you might think. The day/night and seasonal cycles challenge architects to adapt to the changing light and environment they are building in. More direct influences of astronomy on architecture include the alignment of architectual elements with astronomical objects or events. This includes sites like stonehenge which is aligned with the Sun on the summer and winter scolstice.
Ceramics, Sculpture, Drawing, and Painting
Since astornomy has played such an essential role in human history, many thematic elements of astronomy have been used in design for thousands of years. Even some of the earliest cave paintings show evidence of constellations being depicted.
With the practices of long exposure and the invention of CCD cameras, astrophotography has become a common art form for professional artists and amature astronomers. Astrophotography is easy to get into as a hobby.
Astronomy is a common musical subject. While there is no little sound in space, humans have been making music about the universe beyond Earth for some time.
Non-fiction astronomy works are many, this website is one!
There are many poems including references to astronomy. A selection are included here:
- Dachshunds, by William Jay Smith.
- Mother Goose's Garland, by Archibald MacLeish
- Escape At Bedtime, by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Reason Has Moons, by Ralph Hodgeson
- The Rabbits' Song Outside The Tavern, by Elizabeth Coatsworth
The Ask an Astronomer team's favorite links about Astronomy in the Arts:
- Lynette Cook's Space Art: see the work of one of today's best known space artists.
- NovaSpace: claims to be the largest on-line gallery of Space Art.
- Astronomy in Movies: Accurate information and misleading science in Hollywood.
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