Thursday, December 10, 2009

Red Shift

Red Shift
Hook: Partridge CS10/1 size 1/0
Tip: fine gold wire
Tag: lemon yellow silk
Tail: topping and small jungle cock laid flat
Butt: black ostrich
Body: in 8 equal parts, yellow, buttercup yellow, golden yellow, light orange, orange, red-orange, red, purple silk, butted in the middle with orange toucan and vulturine guinea fowl. Rear half veiled with orange tipped yellow toucan above and below, front half with red toucan above and below.
Rib: rear half fine oval gold tinsel cross-knotted forwards above and below, front half fine oval silver tinsel done as the rear half.
Hackle: Lady Amherst topping and blue peacock breast
Wing: underwing; Lady Amherst tippet dyed red over peacock sword fibres. Overwing; married strands of florican, light speckled bustard, yellow turkey, wild turkey dyed yellow, orange turkey, wild turkey dyed orange, red, wild turkey dyed red, Kori bustard, Argus pheasant tail in the following formula, 1,1,2,1,4,1,4,1,1,1 X3; topping over
Cheeks: Impyan neck and jungle cock
Horns: blue and yellow macaw
Head: black

Following on the success of the Dark Side of the Moon and its exploration of light came the Red Shift, named for the Doppler shift that occurs when light is moving away from the observer.  It is this red shifted light that tells astronomers that other galaxies are moving away from each other, that the universe is still expanding, and by calculating the degree of shift, what the speed of the expansion is.  The opposite of the red shift is a Blue Shift, and that pattern has not revealed itself to me yet.  For more on red/blue shifting in light, see the wiki link provided.

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