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July 22, 2008

Kings from the east.

srikanth @ 8:53 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1216759987 ) Play

This (awesome) question comes from sidsen.

Identify and connect the three images:

(Thanks a bunch for all the questions, mate! Really great stuff! I had a hard time picking one…)

Cracked by: Goyal, Tathagata Chatterjee , Guneet , udupendra , gammafunction , Rohan , duriel , malcaluffin and rajeshvj.

Answer:
To quote sidsen:

As a tribute to the Italian artist Giotto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giotto_di_Bondone), whose “Adoration of the Magi” was one of the first to feature the “Haley’s comet”, depicted as the Star of Bethlehem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_of_Bethlehem), the space probe sent up to inspect and photograph the Haley’s comet was named the “Giotto” (http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/giotto.html)


11 Responses to “Kings from the east.”

  1. Goyal
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    1. Giotto Mission – To study the Halley’s Comet
    2. Halley’s Comet
    3. Adoration of the Magi (Nativity of Jesus) – painting by Giotto Di Bondone – Scrovegni Chapel – depicts Halley’s comet as the Star of Bethlehem


  2. Tathagata Chatterjee
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    The connection is :The Giotto Mission to Comet Halley
    1)The European Space Agency’s Giotto spacecraft
    2)Image of the nucleus of Halley’s Comet obtained with the Giotto spacecraft
    3)A Christmas scene painted by Giotto in the Capella degli Scrovegni, Padova, Italy. It was the first time that the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ was represented as a comet. ESA’s Giotto mission to Comet Halley was named after the painter.
    Regards,
    Tathagata Chatterjee


  3. Guneet

    Painting by Italian painter Giotto di Bondone depicts the three magi. It also shows Halley’s Comet that was visible around that time and also could have given rise to the belief of a bright start.

    The European space probe that studied Haley’s comet in 1986 was named Giotto.


  4. sidsen
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    As a tribute to the Italian artist Giotto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giotto_di_Bondone), whose “Adoration of the Magi” was one of the first to feature the “Haley’s comet”, depicted as the Star of Bethlehem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_of_Bethlehem), the space probe sent up to inspect and photograph the Haley’s comet was named the “Giotto” (http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/giotto.html)


  5. udupendra
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    Giotto probe, Nucleus of Haley’s comet as captured by the Giotto probe, the painting ‘Adoration of the Magi’ by Giotto which shows the Haley comet in the background famously thus leading the 1986 probe to be named Giotto.

    Yes, awesome question.


  6. gammafunction
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    connect is Halley’s comet?
    1. is Giotto-the spacecraft which was launched to observe the comet
    3. is the painting- Life of Christ, Adoration of the Magi by Giotto di Bondone which was inspired by the sighting of Halley’s comet.

    I guess 2. is a photograph of Halley’s comet?
    or maybe there is a sinister twist to the question which I do not get.


  7. Rohan
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    awesome question indeed!!

    the connect is the giotto mission and halley’s comet

    the first image is that of the giotto probe comissioned by the ESA for the study of halley’s comet
    the second image is a visual of the halley’s comet as seen by the giotto probe
    the third visual is the adoration of the magi by giotto!


  8. 1-
    2-
    3-Journey of the Magi

    Connect- Halley\’s Comet?


  9. duriel
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    Giotto Mission, to explore Halley’s Comet
    Halley’s Comet Surface
    Adoration of the Magi by Giotto di Bondone

    Connect: Halley’s Comet/Giotto (the mission is named after the painter, who saw the comet in 1301, and painted Bethlehem Star as a comet)


  10. malcaluffin

    1.Giotto satellite – European robotic spacecraft mission from the European Space Agency, intended to fly by and study HalleyC is named after Giotto (duh!?!)
    2.Halley\’s Comet – Giotto had observed HalleyC in 1301 and was inspired to depict it as the star of Bethlehem in his painting Adoration of the Magi. The Giotto satellite came close to the HalleyC\’s nucleus.
    3.Adoration of the Magi painting by Giotto, shows HalleyC whizzing past.

    Ergo, connect is Giotto di Bondone.


  11. rajeshvj
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    1. Giotto spacecraft
    2. The nucleus of Halley’s Comet, shot by Giotto.
    3. Adoration of the Magi, by painter Giotto.

    Connect:
    The spacecraft developed by the ESA to fly and study the Halley’s comet in 1986 was named after artist Giotto di Bondone, who had used the appearance of Comet Halley in 1301 as the model for the Star of Bethlehem in his 1304 painting titled ‘Adoration of the Magi’


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