Astronomy

Cultureteca 14.02.16

First Phase of World’s Largest Solar Power Station Opens in Morocco Within the last week Noor 1, the first phase of the Ouarzazate Solar Power Station, was switched on by King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Located on the edge of the Sahara desert in the area of Souss-Massa-Drâa, being built in three phases and four parts, and expected to produce…

Cultureteca 24.01.16

Idris Elba Delivers Keynote Speech to UK Parliament on Diversity in the Media Amid the ongoing controversy over the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards – with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominating only white actors for the second year running – Idris Elba spoke before parliament in the United Kingdom on Monday on the theme of diversity. Asking…

Cultureteca 17.01.06

The 73rd Golden Globes: Awards and Red Carpet The 73rd Golden Globe Awards were held last Sunday evening, broadcast live from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, with Ricky Gervais hosting for a fourth occasion. The Revenant and The Martian proved the big winners, taking the Best Motion Picture awards in the categories of Drama and Musical or Comedy, while their leading men,…

Cultureteca 13.12.15

On Cultureteca this week, a look at the Geminids, the colourful and highly prolific meteor shower which is reaching its peak over this weekend; a fight breaks out in the Ukrainian parliament, with an aside featuring Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani’s unseemly tailor; and a recap of UFC 194, headlined by Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor for the UFC Featherweight…

Cultureteca 01.11.15

This week on Cultureteca, Grimes unveils new music and artwork for the impending Art Angels; Abby Wambach announces her retirement from women’s soccer; the rare planetary conjunction of Venus, Jupiter, and Mars; and for Halloween, a look at Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature film, the low-budget gothic thriller Dementia 13, which was released in 1963. * * * Grimes Unveils Art Angels Having kept…

Cultureteca 11.10.15

On Cultureteca this week, a new study which hopes to establish the date of the formation of Earth’s inner core; the aurora borealis briefly visible across Britain owing to a coronal hole; Matjaž Tančič’s photo series on professional bodyguards in China; Paramount Pictures uploads to YouTube ‘The Paramount Vault’; and the death of The Stooges saxophonist Steve Mackay. * * * Dating…

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Obscured

The 2015 supermoon lunar eclipse – the rare conjunction of a total lunar eclipse, with the Moon turned red in the full shadow of the Earth, and a ‘supermoon’, where the Moon makes its closest approach to the Earth on its elliptical orbit: a combination we will not see again until 2033 – was theoretically visible in the night sky above the…

Cultureteca 27.09.15

T. S. Eliot’s ‘Portrait of a Lady’ Published in Others One hundred years ago this month, the third issue of Alfred Kreymborg’s little New York literary magazine Others appeared. The first issue, published in July, most notably contained Mina Loy’s first four ‘Love Songs’; the second, published in August, poems by Amy Lowell, William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens, including Stevens’ first major…

Trying to Catch the Perseids

In two sessions, on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, I stood out by York’s Millennium Bridge and watched and waited patiently and attempted to catch on camera the Perseids. The Millennium Bridge is illuminated come nightfall with lights of shifting colours, but the lights go out around midnight; and despite the pattern of these lights throughout the earlier session, and the constant…