Asteroid Art Contest Encourages Student Space Discovery in October
In honour of World Space Week 2021: Celebrating Women in Space and to celebrate the upcoming Lucy Mission to the Trojan Asteroids, Unistellar is bringing the worlds of art and science together for a contest with cosmic prizes
LONDON – OCTOBER 1, 2021 Space-loving students around the world: Prepare your art tools! Unistellar is hosting an Asteroid Art Contest from October 1-10 and is asking students and schools worldwide to create a work of art that showcases the theme “Asteroid Discovery.” Your original artwork could win your school a groundbreaking telescope, and the opportunity to hunt asteroids alongside a global community of citizen astronomers.
“Art and creative expression can be some of the most powerful tools to get children to learn about a new topic, such as asteroids,” said Laurent Marfisi, Chief Executive Officer, Unistellar. “Our Asteroid Art Contest celebrates the powerful intersection of art, science and community. We hope it will inspire young people around the world to explore the mysteries of their Universe.”
Unistellar’s contest honors the upcoming Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids, which numerous citizen astronomers contributed to through their eVscope and eQuinox observations. Unistellar is also celebrating World Space Week: Celebrating Women in Space with a special mission to get 1 million girls to discover space between Oct. 4-10.
The Grand Prize for the Asteroid Art Contest is out-of-this-world: One school (of the winner’s choice) will receive a Unistellar eVscope 2 (MSRP: $4,199 USD), a state-of-the-art digital telescope that allows each of us to discover space and contribute to science. Four Category winners will each win a Unistellar “New Astronomy” prize (Value: $500).
How to Enter: Submit original artwork using the theme "Asteroid Discovery” by visiting Unistellar’s website (https://unistellaroptics.com/asteroid-art-contest/). The contest is open to all ages, worldwide, from October 1-10, 2021. Original art can be any medium: photography, digital art, painting, sculpture, videography, etc. Submissions will be evaluated based on the image or video submitted of the artwork.
Categories: Entrants will join one of four Categories, based on age:
- Near-Earth Category: Up to age 11
- Satellite Category: Age 12-14
- Main Belt Category: Age 15-18
- Trojan Category: Over age 18