aims to illustrate the scale and the grandeur of our solar system, as well as illustrate through the use of infographics
our work in the exploration of our solar system with various spacecraft. [more inside]
posted by zamboni
on Apr 3, 2012 -
Croatian software developer and amateur image processor Gordan Ugarković
takes images from NASA's unmanned space probes released to the Planetary Data System
, splices them together and tweaks the colors, sometimes combining higher resolution black and white images with color images, sometimes recreating what the object would look like in natural color (ie, in visible wavelengths, from images taken in multiple wavelengths), sometimes heightening the contrast to bring out detail. (via
) [more inside]
posted by nangar
on May 20, 2011 -
Where's Tyche, the 10th 9th planet? Getting the full story.
John Matese and Daniel Whitmire of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette recently made the news when they announced the possible discovery of a gas giant planet they named Tyche
in the Oort Cloud, at the extreme edge of the Solar System (previously
). Now ars electronica breaks down the evidence behind the announcement, what can be done to confirm or disprove its existence & how long it could take.
posted by scalefree
on Mar 3, 2011 -
People have been upset
about Pluto's demotion for some time now. (While classical music fans
have just had a love/hate relationship with this whole process.) But astronomical hate mail
has never been as cute as the missives Neil deGrasse Tyson has received over the years from tots upset at poor Pluto's ouster.
posted by greekphilosophy
on Mar 15, 2010 -
- The iron rich red liquid gushing from a buried Antarctica lake shows how life may have existed on a snowball Earth, or on Europa.
posted by Artw
on Apr 18, 2009 -
Tonight NASA is scheduled to launch the Kepler Mission
(named after planetary legislator Johannes Kepler
) with the goal of finding Earth size planets in orbit around stars in the Cygnus-Lyra
region of the sky. Over the next 3 and a half years it will maintain a nearly unblinking gaze on the approximately 100 thousand stars in the region. NASA expects it to find about 50 Earth size planets
, as well as hundreds that are larger. You can watch the launch live on NASA TV
. [more inside]
posted by borkencode
on Mar 6, 2009 -
Mars and Beyond
- 50 years ago, this animated episode of Tomorrowland aired on Disneyland a few months after the launch of Sputnik - an entertaining melange of astronomy, sci-fi, pop culture, science, speculation, and surreality. Walt himself and Wernher von Braun make guest appearances and clip 5 is particularly trippy. (Parts 2
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 10, 2007 -
Scientists have discovered a planet composed of scorching hot ice
. Originally thought to be a gas giant due to its mass, its actually only four times the size of Earth and most likely composed of exotic forms of ice, such as Ice VII and Ice X
with s surface temperature of 300° C.
posted by Artw
on May 16, 2007 -
Did the roof of the Pantheon influence Copernicus?
Are the planets of the solar system aligned in accordance with a nearly-forgotten hypothesis known (unfairly) as Bode's Law
? A fascinating wide-ranging discussion on BLDGBLOG with Walter Murch
, the visionary editor and sound designer for such films as The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, THX1138,
and many others. [Murch's film work has previously been discussed here
posted by digaman
on Apr 7, 2007 -