The Carolan Crater near planet Mercury’s north pole. Photo by the Messenger satellite, Credit: NASA
If you like gazing up at the night sky, then you have something in common with the members of Jelloslave. Like you, we can’t help but notice when the moon, stars, and planets are shining especially bright.
Today our love for Irish music and planets collide as NASA announces a pretty cool name for one of Mercury’s craters. Carolan Crater has been named in honor of the Irish harpist and composer Turlough O’Carolan (1670 – 1738).
Five features on Mercury have recently been named after a famous artist, composer or writer. Carolan was selected after a team sifted through more than 3,600 artist names. Read more about how NASA selected Turlough O’Carolan’s name for one of Mercury’s craters.
So why is Jelloslave so jazzed to hear the news? We’re fans of course. He is the composer of track 7 on our 2nd CD, Purple Orange, titled Mary O’Neil. Turlough O’Carolan can be described as the celtic contemporary of J.S. Bach – both prolific and inspiring.
“Our inspiration draws from diverse genres and musical worlds and we’ve turned this track into a unique arrangement with the JS distinct sounds of cellos, drum and tabla.” – Jacqueline Ultan
We’re always excited to hear news about a composer who has inspired us. But we’d like to hear from you. Who are some of your influences, musical, astronomical, or otherwise? Leave us a comment! And happy stargazing.