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The Global Hand On Universe conference 

By spotogspindel | August 17, 2018

The Global Hand On Universe  (GHOU) conference in Vienna, Austria.

What do you do when you are participating in a group of some of world’s finest astro-physisists and astro-educators from 15 countries?

You talk to them about the importance of ocean literacy, give a short philosophical introduction to sustainability and engage them in creating jellyfish made from trash.

That’s what you do.

You introduce the way forward by presenting the Global Hands On Ocean!

Dr. Carl Pennypacker and I collaborated on a little workshop where the participants recycled plastic bottles into jelly-fish. We then photographed the jelly-fish against the blue sky and fed the photos into a software, usually used in astronomy, to see if we could see how light reflects on plastic versus real jelly-fish. As far as we could tell, it´s pretty hard to tell the difference, which is probably something every sea-turtle could tell you.

Learning how our solar-system works, using our whole bodies, moving around a huge “carpet” – immersed knowledge!

Friends from Japan: Dr. Hideo Shinohara-san and his colleague.

After the three days at GHOU, it was time for The Galileo Teacher Training Programme.

“What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?” (to quote the song from 70s) Well, I learned how the star spectroscopy works and what an ana-lemma is. And that if black holes don’t exist, it’s something even weirder than that. And by the way that they spew out glares of light at at fraction of the speed of light. I learned how to figure out which elements are in a star by analysing the light they emit. I learned that when the trees in the Northern hemispere looses their leaves in the fall, the Earth accelerates. I learned that there is a ton of information in what we cannot see, because we cant observe infra-red. And that the night-skies lack protection from light-pollution. It’s a pretty good days work of learning astro-physics for a mere mortal artist, I think. 🙂

Second day I can’t really brag about all that I have learned. We started the day by an introduction to gravitational waves and how to use them to find black holes, I think. This was Nobel prize physics, so I don’t feel too bad about not understanding it. Lots of really nice people here, patiently answering my layman-questions. The picture is a thermo-camera, which measures the temperature of whatever you point at.

Just have to add a photo of my favourite place in Vienna: The Hundertwasserhaus! Everything is crooked, and it is supposed to. As Hundertwasser himself says: “An uneven ground is like a melody for the feet!”

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