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So glad to know that the Hubble Space telescope will live on, ( I did not realize how perilous its future had become). It was its capture of the Carina Nebula that inspired my painting of ‘Phi’, a print of which now is housed in the Vatican Observatory Museum. You can read more about it at http://www.jillnichols.com. Science and art are most definitely connected. The exploration of nature is intrinsic in art as it is in science, as is our desire to connect with and understand beauty.
The items discussed in this article are so exciting! Nearly three decades ago when I was director of Hanson Planetarium in Salt Lake City, a group of us attempted to lead our planetarium into becoming an interactive science center type of facility with a science-art focus. With my departure the planetarium took a different route, but the science-art effort continued to become The Leonardo, located in the old public library building in Salt Lake City. So now, in this article, we see how illuminating the connection of science and art can be toward human comprehension of the cosmos. Readers are invited to check out The Leonardo to see how well it is achieving its intended mission.