Star Wars, Museums, and the Sky

[NOTE: No Spoilers here!]

Greetings, and happy new year! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and had the chance to spend some time with loved ones. I had a wonderful Christmas, and was very happy for the first time in a long time to not have to jump on a plane after the festivities ended.

So the new Star Wars film has been out for a while now, and it seems like the opening night when I saw it with my family was already so long ago. I had intended to write this blog immediately after the release, but sorry folks it just did not happen! But it is not like the Star Wars frenzy is going to be going away any time soon- the iconography, music, merchandise, and chatter are everywhere! Apparently it is now the highest grossing film of all time.

So as I mentioned, I did see the film… and I enjoyed it very much! I will say no more, you will have to go and see it for yourself if you have not already. I was scrolling through my twitter the day of the premier, and loved all of the posts from museums, who were getting in on the hype! I posted a few of these on my Facebook page, but there were tons of them. I have some of my favorites from the National Museums Scotland, The Getty, and Museum Hack pictured bellow. Click on the links embedded in their names here to go directly to their Twitter pages!

A lot of museums were posting about pieces from their astronomy collections, and I thought I would share a bit from the exhibition (Bright Ideas: The Art and Science of Light) I worked on as part of my MLitt degree in Museum Studies at the University of Aberdeen, which was on display last year from June-December. These were a few of the objects that I found interesting, and although they may not be up to standards for use on the Millennium Falcon, they were once very crucial for people when navigating their way around our planet.

 
TNocturnal Instrumenthis is a wooden nocturnal instrument that uses the position of the stars to tell time at night by locating the North Star through the hollowed
center, and positioning the arm to another notable constellation.

 

Celestial Globe

This is a 20th century celestial globe that was used to help make calculations of constellations in the night sky so that people would know when to look for specific stars in the skies.

 

Icelandic SparsCalcite crystals such as this reflect rays of light in a pattern, allowing an individual to find the
position of the sun in a cloudy sky or during twilight. Vikings used these, also referred to as ‘sunstones’ for navigation.

 

Stars, have been important to people it seems for a very long time! We may no longer need them in order to find our destinations when we get into our cars, but they certainly do still inspire creativity and curiosity within ourselves. We gaze at them on our camping trips, we search for constellations through telescopes with our children, we build space ships so that we can get closer to them, and most of all, we make movies about the worlds we imagine are somewhere out there. We even imagine our own future exploring unknown worlds, boldly going where no man has gone before!

Did you catch what I did there?! Sorry, I just cannot help myself! Thanks for reading.

 

 

Peace and long life.

 


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