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Microbes on Enceladus by Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez - Space Artist

Space artists are a special breed of technical artists that depict views and perspectives of the cosmos utilizing real science data and often the most up to date theories that can only be illustrated through an artistic visual medium, taking us where no camera can actually go... Carlos Hernandez is a space artist who has been involved with the study of the heavens for the past 45 years.

Carlos Hernandez - Space Artist

Hernandez started his celestial observations at the age of eight years old using a 1-inch (2.5 cm) refractor that he would use to observe the Moon, Jupiter with its satellites, and the stars. He further discovered the beauty of the universe using a 2.5-inch (6.4 cm) refractor shortly afterwards. Eventually Carlos obtained larger instruments including a Celestron 8-inch F/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector and a 12.5-inch (32-cm) F/6.2 Newtonian reflector. 

Carlos Hernandez's training came from a lineage of who's very detailed technical drawings of planets that Carlos Hernandez produces reads like a "who's who" of astronomers: Hernandez received this training from Lowell Observatory Astronomer Charles F. "Chick" Capen, who was trained by Lowell Astronomer Earl Charles Slipher, who was directly trained by Percival Lowell, Founder of Lowell Observatory, himself. Carlos's work speaks for itself.

Hernandez primarily observes the Moon and the planets and has contributed his observations to organizations including the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO), British Astronomical Association (BAA), and the Oriental Astronomical Association (OAA) over several decades.

Carlos writes:

"It has been very exciting and interesting to share my observations of the heavens with other experienced and talented amateur astronomers around the world over time. I initially made my observations using a graphite (lead) pencil and other artistic media, but I am now using a computer and graphics tablet to produce my observations."

"When I am not working as a Pediatrician in an emergency department in South Florida I try to follow the Moon, planets, and other interesting objects in the heavens above. I look forward to sharing my art and experience with others."

We are really excited to exhibit the works of Carlos Hernandez at Starlight Festival, and we hope that you take the time to meet the artist and explore his works.