Venus - Lunar Occultation
Incredible time lapse by Kwon O Chul of the celestial event last month. It’s almost like watching a scene from some unknown realm with the dreamlike lights of Korea glowing beneath the clouds. The dawn that follows is just as magical.
Hyper-Matrix by Jonpasang
Just when it seemed like Kanye West’s Cannes-debuted 7-screen cinema was a lock for the craziest experimental theater experience of the year, the Seoul-based collective Jonpasang unveiled the Hyper-Matrix, a sort of movie theater of the future where the walls themselves come to life. The group covered three faces of a Korean theater with thousands of motorized cubes, all of which pulse into glorious, larger than life patterns. The effect is sort of the same as those space-warping digital projection mapping shows, expect in the Hyper-Matrix, the warping is actually happening.
Created for the Hyundai Motor Group Exhibition Pavilion at the 2012 Yeosu EXPO in Korea, the Hyper-Matrix is comprised of a steel scaffolding and thousands of lightweight, 300mm x 300mm cubes, each attached to its own stepper motor. A choreographed routine makes the pixels pump in and out, creating rippling arrows and pulsating grids. It looks a little like being trapped inside some sort of monochromatic Tetris nightmare.
Rising in the dark hours before dawn, wandering Venus now shines as the brilliant morning star. Its close conjunction with the Moon on August 13 was appreciated around planet Earth. But skygazers in eastern Asia were also treated to a lunar occultation, the waning crescent Moon passing directly in front of the bright planet in still dark skies.
Photo by Kwon, O Chul via APOD
When the morning twilight arrives in Korea in this view of 16 June 2011, the full moon enters the Earth’s shadow. This multi-exposure image shows the setting eclipsed moon above the skyline of Seoul.
The Milky Way shines above a sea of clouds covering nearby towns and villages in Geumsan County of South Korea. The view is captured from Mount Daedunsan.
Red Roof | Gangnam-gu, Bongeunsa, Seoul, Korea, Asia © 黒忍者