May 25th, 2015
Emily Lakdawalla's dive into the latest batch of images from the Cassini probe inspired her to generate a magnificent panorama across Saturn's rings (scroll down to the foot of the article.)
(For the record, this preview of one tiny segment doesn't begin to capture the scale or impact of the full image. Click on the preview if you doubt me…)
April 19th, 2015
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February 1st, 2015
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January 26th, 2015
Staying on the theme of what a big universe it is, astronomers think they've spotted a planet with a seriously big ring system:
"The star is much too far away to observe the rings directly, but we could make a detailed model based on the rapid brightness variations in the star light passing through the ring system. If we could replace Saturn's rings with the rings around J1407b, they would be easily visible at night and be many times larger than the full moon."
[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]
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January 26th, 2015
If the Sun were replaced by some other stars.
Be sure to watch to the end when we get to see Polaris up close. It's a hell of a thing.
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January 13th, 2015
Super Planet Crash is a solar system simulator game that just proved what an asshole I'd be if I was in charge of the universe. There I was with my 10-planet system, chugging along nicely past the 300-year mark and I got bored and added a brown dwarf to the inner solar system.
Oh well, how many Earth-sized planets does a solar system need, really? Besides, just think how much more of the universe the inhabitants of Planet 10 will see this way (until the atmosphere freezes as they wander the interstellar depths.)
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January 7th, 2015
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December 7th, 2014
Blackout City by Nicholas Buer:
In a metropolis like London light pollution makes the night sky invisible. Only a few of the brightest stars and asterisms force their celestial light through the man made glow of the city. The night sky, one of the most beautiful of natural wonders is extinguished from view. Blackout City is an experimental timelapse film that makes the invisible, visible. It attempts to show what the night sky would look like If there were ever to be a total blackout in the South East of England on a clear, moonless, summer's night.
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November 30th, 2014
Wanderers, or, Life in the Solar System. Someday.
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September 1st, 2014
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June 10th, 2014
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January 12th, 2014
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November 30th, 2013
Courtesy of xkcd, Oort Cloud…
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November 16th, 2013
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August 26th, 2013
Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora Over Scotland.
Best viewed in full screen mode at the highest available resolution.
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July 25th, 2013
ISS Transit Over The Moon:
Trust me, the full image (which you can go to by clicking on the cropped version above) is well worth a look.
July 22nd, 2013
I was vaguely aware that Neil deGrasse Tyson was remaking Carl Sagan's Cosmos, but I hadn't given the project much thought. Now there's a trailer, so it's time to pay attention.
Full marks for good looking graphics – that shot of the sun shining through Saturn's rings is just glorious. There have been an awful lot of discoveries over the course of thirty-some years that render parts of Sagan's story obsolete or incomplete, but someow I can't see this having the sort of impact Sagan's original series did back in 1980, when there just weren't a lot of well-funded mainstream TV documentary series about space/astonomy etc..
In the wake of Brian Cox's career, how much mindspace is there for another epic space documentary series? Come to that, do we really need another series of eye candy? I hope Tyson and his script are up to the challenge and prove me wrong.
[Via The Planetary Society]
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June 6th, 2013
Yes, it's another time lapse video featuring lots of night skies and shining cities. But to my mind the way the images and the music combine makes The Game Has Changed a couple of steps up from the average nighttime time lapse video.
[Via Bad Astronomy]
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May 6th, 2013
One day I'll get tired of sequences of time lapse images taken from the International Space Station. Not today.
[Via Bad Astronomy]
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April 20th, 2013
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