Link Love: 12/3/2010

IC 4970 and NGC 6872: Galaxy Collision Switches on Black Hole, X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/M.Machacek; Optic

  • I’m sure you’re familiar with beauties, like the one above, from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Well, apparently, with “a basic understanding of astronomy data & image processing software” you can create your own astronomy images.
  • In the news this week: the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art have acquired several important archives, including gallery correspondence with artists such as Valerie Jaudon and Nam June Paik, as well as the papers of conceptual and installation artist David Ireland.
  • The National Museum of American History blog gives an account of preserving their Maid of Cotton collection—photos, video, and scrapbooks associated with this long running beauty contest sponsored by the National Cotton Council. Keep your eyes peeled for the book balancing on the head trick. I thought they only did that in The Music Man.

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