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Look, R2, it's our large yellow bird friend!

What's the intersection between Star Wars and the Muppets? Chances are you'll think of Yoda. Maybe you knew that Jim Henson & his creature-makers had nothing to do with the original Star Wars movie. And sure, you probably knew that some of the Star Wars cast were featured on the Muppet Show (watch on YouTube). But wait, there's more. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Jul 16, 2014 - 24 comments

A stellar explosion

Between 2002 and 2006, the Hubble telescope took photos of an explosion coming from a red variable star in the constellation Monoceros, about 20,000 light years from the Sun. This is a time-lapse video of those photos.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 12, 2014 - 36 comments

HEADS UP!!! Camelopardalids (a major meteor shower) tonight and tomorrow

A meteor shower that has never been seen before is expected to hit tonight and into the morning, and it could be spectacular. Camelopardalids may be your 1st and last chance to see shooting stars from Comet 209P/Linear. NASA predicts it will peak from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. ET Saturday morning, but says "outbursts" could happen any time all night.
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posted by shockingbluamp on May 23, 2014 - 58 comments

Wesley was Always the Wurst Kind of Brat

It appears that the one thing Star Trek: The Next Generation was missing was sausages.
posted by spiderskull on May 18, 2014 - 45 comments

All Heart, No Libido

Anne Helen Petersen of " Scandals Of Classic Hollywood" fame talks about Zac Efron, the impossible demands of movie masculinity, and the history of the Teen Idol Industry on BuzzReads
posted by The Whelk on May 4, 2014 - 25 comments

the time is venus square saturn

Van Cleef & Arpels, purveyors of super fine jewelry, have created the Midnight Planetarium, which holds part of the solar system on your wrist:
This new Poetic Complication timepiece provides a miniature representation of the movement of six planets around the sun and their position at any given time. Earth and Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are set in motion thanks to a self-winding mechanical movement of great complexity: equipped with an exclusive module developed in partnership with the Maison Christiaan van der Klaauw, it contains 396 separate parts. The movement of each planet is true to its genuine length of orbit: it will take Saturn over 29 years to make a complete circuit of the dial, while Jupiter will take almost 12 years, Mars 687 days, Earth 365 days, Venus 224 days and Mercury 88 days.
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posted by divabat on Jan 26, 2014 - 29 comments

"...somewhere where no one was asking me for anything.”

Daniel Radcliffe’s Next Trick Is to Make Harry Potter Disappear (slnyt profile, via) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 3, 2013 - 29 comments

My God, it's full of stars

Chandra Sky Map - Joe DePasquale runs through the process of creating the map and some helpful tips for using the interactive tool.
posted by unliteral on Oct 2, 2013 - 8 comments

Written drunk. Acted drunk.

'Star Drunk,' a film by drunk people
posted by boo_radley on Sep 20, 2013 - 27 comments

Hubble Ultra Deep Field 3-D Fly-Through

What would it look like to fly through the distant universe?
posted by curious nu on Aug 26, 2013 - 40 comments

Look, you're getting very upset, and this is just the first scene.

io9: "After making a mere $84 million at the U.S. box office, Star Trek Into Darkness is considered by some to be a disappointment. Perhaps the problem is that it was a touch confusing. To help our readers better understand it, we've compiled and answered these Frequently Asked Questions about the movie." (Maximum Possible Spoiler Warning)
posted by davidjmcgee on May 21, 2013 - 450 comments

What It’s Like When A Label Won’t Release Your Album

What It’s Like When A Label Won’t Release Your Album
posted by reenum on May 19, 2013 - 41 comments

The Channing Tatum America Didn't Know It Needed

Performers who project relatability but have nothing elusive about them do better as network-television stars, or maybe morning-show anchormen. (Exception: Hanks.) On the other hand, if all you're capable of projecting is mystery and you're a quart low on relatability, you are probably a douchebag. (Exception: Fassbender.)
Just in time for the Oscars, GQ ruminates on what makes a leading man today.
posted by psoas on Feb 24, 2013 - 82 comments

It's not dead yet, Jim. It may never be.

Youtube user CHDanhauser, who has a long-maintained website devoted to Star Trek: The Animated Series, has begun posting self-created fan episodes of the show, apparently providing all the v/o solo. AND LET THE HEAVENS FALL Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 PTOLEMY WEPT Part 1 Part 2 Mr. Danhauser also hosts a range of genuine vintage 1970s animated trailers and bumpers as well as some he has crafted himself on his youtube channel. Bonus rerun: MEFi's oown ChurchHatesTucker's genius eponymous No Kill I video.
posted by mwhybark on Dec 19, 2012 - 24 comments

"Michelin-starred restaurants began to look and taste the same."

Vanity Fair: What's Wrong With The Michelin Guide. Esquire:Why It's Hard To Trust The Michelin Standards. FT:Star-Crossed: Once universally revered, the Michelin Guide is now dismissed by some as a relic of a bygone age
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 14, 2012 - 56 comments

"Unbelievable. Do you recognize those uniforms?"

Artist Dusty Abell has created a massive poster featuring "at least one, sometimes more, character, entity, starship or structure from every episode of [Star Trek: The Original] series." Via io9, who ask: How many characters can you name? Stumped? Here's a key of all 123! [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 21, 2012 - 25 comments

"AHA...this is a ploy...no this is a ruse....no...."

STAR WARS DETOURS™ Trailer [SLYT] "Star Wars Detours™ is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe's regular folks and their everyday problems... which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith."
posted by Fizz on Aug 25, 2012 - 85 comments

I Ain't Afraid of No Pedeconferences

If Aaron Sorkin had written Star Wars, Avatar, Ghostbusters, Twilight, and Harry Potter.
posted by WCityMike on Jul 22, 2012 - 53 comments

Blood and Fire

"Blood and Fire" is an episode written by David Gerrold for possible use on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The script was commissioned and written, but never actually filmed because certain studio executives had a negative reaction to its positive depiction of an openly gay couple. It was eventually adapted by Gerrold into a standalone novel. With Gerrold's permission, Carlos Pedraza rewrote Blood and Fire for the fan series Star Trek: New Voyages. Gerrold did a final draft polish and also directed the episode. The entire two part episode is available on You Tube: Part 1, Part 2 [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Jun 11, 2012 - 10 comments

Black Hole Gobbles Up A Star

Two Billion years ago a black hole swallowed a star.
posted by holdkris99 on May 2, 2012 - 34 comments

Russian to get back down

Guy climbs star of Kotelnicheskaya Embankment free-handed Because no good Monday shouldn't begin without a jolting dose of vertigo!
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Apr 2, 2012 - 58 comments

Open Source Tricorder

One Tricorder per child.
posted by christopher.taylor on Mar 28, 2012 - 31 comments

The tiniest star system

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission have discovered the three smallest planets yet detected orbiting a star beyond our sun. The planets orbit a single star, called KOI-961, and are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the radius of Earth. The smallest is about the size of Mars.
posted by IvoShandor on Jan 11, 2012 - 29 comments

Zaire Paige Not Only Played a Movie Killer, He Became One in Real Life.

Zaire Paige had a breakout role in Antoine Fuqua's movie, Brooklyn's Finest. He was seen as a rising star. But, it all went away when he murdered a gang rival and was sentenced to 107 years in prison. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 21, 2011 - 22 comments

Ah, the 70's...

R2-D2 thinks he has whooping cough, a cantina alien gets too drunk to drive, and C3-P0 explains why smoking is bad for you.
posted by GavinR on Nov 12, 2011 - 38 comments

@TNG_S8

Plots from the unaired season 8 of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.'
posted by secretdark on Oct 31, 2011 - 221 comments

Star in Leo shouldn't exist

ESO scientists have found an 'extremely primitive star' in the Milky Way's halo - 4/5 the size of the Sun, one of the oldest ever found - that theory says is impossible. It has fifty times less lithium in it than expected in the material produced by the Big Bang. [more inside]
posted by Twang on Sep 3, 2011 - 79 comments

He just can't leave well enough alone.

Darth Vader yells 'Noooo." From the Blu-Ray leak of Return of the Jedi. Why, George? SLYT.
posted by footballrabi on Aug 31, 2011 - 252 comments

Brave New Beige

Ever wonder how many variants of jumpsuits there can be? Do mock turtlenecks belong in space? Why is brown the color of respecting alien cultures? Fashion It So takes on the couture of the 24th century one Next Generation episode at a time.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 3, 2011 - 32 comments

Nuq a be'Hom wants, nuq a be'Hom needs ...

Take less than a minute out of your life to listen to Christina Aguilera in the original Klingon, and in the process learn why you should knock before entering on the starship Enterprise.
posted by WCityMike on Jun 9, 2011 - 20 comments

"I have a bad feeling about this."

The five stages of Star Wars fandom grief. [Slate.com]
posted by Fizz on May 16, 2011 - 156 comments

"If only you knew the power of the Dark Side."

"...perhaps she will." [SLYT] Sariah Gallego Joins the Dark Side.
posted by Fizz on Apr 12, 2011 - 49 comments

Four billion years ago a star left its legacy as it met its physically inevitable demise

A gamma ray burst nicknamed GRB 110328A (i.e. detected 3/28/2011) appears to be the legacy of a star being torn apart by a supermassive black hole, leaving a peak brightness one trillion times the sun's brightness as it met its ancient inevitable end.
posted by jjray on Apr 8, 2011 - 51 comments

Strange stars on the range

Ryan Richardson maintains several different and somewhat esoteric archives, including the entire five-issue run of the controversialish 70s teen groupie magazine Star, and a collection of covers from pulpy gay and lesbian novels from the 50s and 60s. [more inside]
posted by Dim Siawns on Mar 8, 2011 - 17 comments

Wampa

Wampa at the gas station
posted by puny human on Jan 29, 2011 - 24 comments

LaForging New Alliances

LeVar Burton goes behind the scenes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in a Reading Rainbow episode. (via)
posted by spiderskull on Jan 21, 2011 - 52 comments

Kind of like a zit, but full of plasma.

One of the most enduring mysteries in solar physics is why the Sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, is millions of degrees hotter than its surface. - Now scientists believe they have discovered a major source of hot gas that replenishes the corona
posted by The Whelk on Jan 8, 2011 - 13 comments

A new genre making...waves!

Is Chillwave the Next Big Music Trend? - Wiki: Chillwave is a debated genre of music where artists are often characterized by their heavy use of effects processing, synthesizers, looping, sampling, and heavily filtered vocals with simple melodic lines. Its musical predecessors are diverse and include the synthpop of the 1980s, shoegaze, ambient, musique concrète and various types of music outside of the Western World. In this case, nostalgia of 80s synthpop is filtered through a distorted lens, re-envisioning the era in a more vague and lo-fi sense. Just don't call them that. You can always check in at the Hipster Runoff (the birthplace of the term) for news about the vaguely new subgenre. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Dec 9, 2010 - 103 comments

If you build it, they will warp

"Star Trek: First Contact gave John Eaves the opportunity of a lifetime when his boss Herman Zimmerman asked him to design a new starship Enterprise. As he recalls, he was determined that the new ship would be sleek, fast, and muscular. " Designing the Enterprise NCC-1701-E from FSD: Starship Concept Art
posted by wayofthedodo on Oct 8, 2010 - 31 comments

I'm your biggest fan.

Photographer Froggy Bottoms specializes in photographing celebrities with their biggest fans. Rick Springfield, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Patrick Stewart and many many more.
posted by Lord_Pall on Sep 18, 2010 - 98 comments

RIP, Mr. Horkheimer. We'll keep looking up!

Jack Horkheimer, host of "Star Gazer" (formerly known as "Star Hustler") has died. See this excellent post on Horkheimer's work.
posted by achmorrison on Aug 20, 2010 - 106 comments

Perseids Meteor Shower

The Perseids Meteor shower will peak Thursday night through early Friday morning. Use the Dark Sky Finder to find a good place to watch. The Perseids is visible every year, but it's easier to see during the new moon. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Aug 11, 2010 - 30 comments

A Long, Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, in a Manner Very, Very Bizarre ...

Screw Lucas' plans for a 3-D rerelease! I can guarantee you've never seen the Millennium Falcon escape the Death Star in Star Wars like this.
posted by WCityMike on Apr 12, 2010 - 64 comments

Ten minutes of innuendo

I am not the greatest fan of Star Trek: TNG but this did make me laugh (SLYT)
posted by Sparx on Feb 3, 2010 - 30 comments

Make Your Own Star Trek Phaser, just In Case the Romulans Attack.

Make Your Own Star Trek Phaser [more inside]
posted by Olive Oil on Jan 18, 2010 - 37 comments

Orson Welles's radio War of the Worlds recreated by the cast of Star Trek.

Orson Welles's radio War of the Worlds recreated by the casts of Star Trek.
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 30, 2009 - 23 comments

Mollie Sugden dies at 86

Mrs. Slocombe is no longer free. Actress Mollie Sugden has died at 86, after a long illness. Best known as the irascible Mrs. Slocombe in the long running British sitcom "Are You Being Served?" who famous cared a great deal about her pussy.
posted by dnash on Jul 1, 2009 - 84 comments

... I go out at night and paint the stars.

Preserved in the cave excavations of Mogao and listing 1,339 stars the Dunhuang Star Chart is the oldest graphical star atlas known to exist. Dated to between 649 and 684 AD, it features two sections. The first consists of 26 diagrams of asterisms (including a recognizable Big Dipper and Orion) and the second contains 12 star maps each showing a 30 degree east-west section of sky in cylindrical projection plus an azimuthal projection circumpolar map. Star positions are accurate to within 1.5 degrees and it includes some stars in the southern sky. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Jun 28, 2009 - 10 comments

Snatch Wars

Snatch Wars (Snatch vs. Star Wars) (SLYT, NSFW due to very bad language). [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy on May 11, 2009 - 14 comments

Alternate Realities

Star Trek Lives. You may have heard - a new Star Trek film has opened to critical acclaim and box office bofo; Variety writes it "beamed up $76.5 million"). How are Kirk and Spock fans coping with this reboot/reimaging/alternate universe? And how are Kirk/Spock slash writers holding up? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on May 10, 2009 - 203 comments

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