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…)
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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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