Internationally published astronomical artist and regular OCA presenter Chris Butler has been hard at work on a long project to bring science, art, and imagination together in the latest installment of his "Our Little Corner of the Galaxy" animated lectures. On October 12, Chris will provide a "behind the scenes" look at the challenges that result when you try to bring astronomical science and imagination together. There will also be a sneak peek at Chris's latest interstellar creations. Special animation scenes have been created for this OCA presentation, covering everything from extrasolar planets to space toilets. Regular OCA visitors will not be surprised if some humor is involved.
John Christopher "Chris" Butler is a well known science, nature and maritime artist and animator whose works have been featured in thousands of publications around the world. Chris has been a staff artist at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles for 15 years, and a member of OCA since 1984. In all, Chris has spoken to OCA more than 100 times since then, often providing the monthly "What's Up" presentations. He has spoken on astronomical subjects at venues around the world, and was the first to present live lectures in the planetarium aboard Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2. Chris was honored with the Blair Medal for Astronomy, and the International Astronomical Union named minor planet 13543 Butler in his honor. Chris is known for bringing humor to his presentations, and has been referred to as the "stand up comedian of the scientific world". A graduate of the Cal State Fullerton's school of cinema, Chris resides in Buena Park, California.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Steve Condrey