Space Rocks

Mt. Rainier / Comet Hyakutake / Paradise #2

It does, doesn’t it? If you think so, you aren’t alone. On 12 April 2008, you can celebrate space with others all over the world. The global event is called Yuri’s Night Out, in honor of the Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who became the first person to venture into space on 12 April 1961.

Here in Northern California, the party will be held at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California — 30°16’02″N, 097°45’50″W to be more precise. Or, you can catch the party in Croatia (Zagreb: 45°49’00″N, 015°59’00″E) or maybe Ethiopia (Addis Ababa: 09°02’00″N, 038°42’00″E). A complete listing of parties is available if you’re interested.

So what does this have to do with Flickr? With so many great space photographers in the Flickr community, one of the organizers, Jonathan, got in touch to ask us if any Flickr members or groups might be interested in exhibiting at the Bay Area event.

Either a group proposal that includes having several participating artists display works together, or individual artists responding to the open call with their own vision, its all good.

Interested? Here’s a link to the application form. The event will be able to supply most of the technical needs, but you’ll want to include any details in your application.

Good luck, explorers!

Here’s a few groups to get your juices flowing: astrophotography, stars, and astronomy, organized by map view.

Photo by StarmanMike.

This is for you, Watson: Photos from last year’s Yuri’s Night Out Bay Area 2007.