Simon Griffee · Design · Photography · Writing · Illustration

What: astronomy

First Picture of a Black Hole, Messier 87, Local Universe, First Imaged 2017, Published 2019

A picture representing a stunning triumph by humanity, made by diverse Earthlings, using many observatory arrays around Earth, and Earth itself, as a telescope.

Bruno and Orion’s Belt at Campo de’ Fiore, Rome, Italy, November 2017

7 Planets Identified Orbiting Nearby Star #

The Elite computer game simulation becomes more prescient and more fun to play every time I read a NASA press release.

Galileo’s Drawings From Observation and the Enlightenment of Our Species

From The Galileo Project website’s page on Galileo’s drawings of sunspots: In 1612 during the summer months, Galileo made a series of sunspot observations which were published in Istoria e Dimostrazioni Intorno Alle Macchie Solari e Loro Accidenti Rome (History and Demonstrations Concerning Sunspots and their Properties, published 1613). Because these observations were made at appoximately the same time of day, the motion of the spots across the Sun can easily be seen.

Pale Blue Dot #
When bombarded with bad news I like to remember Carl Sagan‘s comments about a picture of our solar systems taken from Voyager 1: We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam. …continue

Lunar Eclipse, Airliner, Clouds, Stars, New York City, 27 September 2015

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International Symbol for an Observer

@font-face { font-family: ‘observersymbol’; src: url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont.eot’); src: url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont?#iefix’) format(‘embedded-opentype’), url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont.woff’) format(‘woff’), url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont.ttf’) format(‘truetype’), url('/img/observer-symbol/f/observersymbol-webfont.svg#observersymbol’) format(‘svg’); font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; } Tl;dr: I couldn’t find an international symbol for an observer that was mentioned in an astronomy lecture, so I made one, dedicated it to the public domain and submitted it to the Unicode Consortium. This page details the rationale for my submission including files and usage examples. UPDATE · Tuesday 3 February 2015: U+23FF Observer Eye Symbol o was accepted at UTC-142 — yay!


2,317,776 Light-Seconds from Earth in 3300

Voyager 1 in Elite: Dangerous.

Came across Voyager 1 while flying around the Cosmos in Elite: Dangerous! It is where it should be in the year 3300.

Elite is the most inspiring artwork I experienced in 2014.