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You Are Here, and Now

by on December 31, 2013

More than just your average timepiece, the Old Town Clock of Prague, or Orloj, can tell you what time it is and what date. It also tells you what the heavens should look like from where it stands. It tells you what time to expect sun rise and set, what lunar phase the moon should appear in, and even which Zodiacal sign is in ascendence. Elsewhere on the tower, there …
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Magnify/Shrinkify The Universe

by on March 11, 2013

Copyright 2012. Magnifying the Universe by Number Sleuth.
 

This interactive infographic from Number Sleuth accurately illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to insects, nebulae and stars to molecules and atoms. Numerous hot points along the zoom slider allow for direct access to planets, animals, the hydrogen atom and more. As you scroll, a handy dial spins to show you your


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Russian Meteor Photoshoot

by on February 21, 2013

Fifteen minutes before the event. Copyright: Marat Akhmetvaleev

There is no shortage of video footage of the meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk, Feb. 15, 2013. Marat Akhmetvaleev’s photographs may, however, be the only high quality stills. He was out that frosty morning capturing images of the sunrise in the south Urals from a favorite vantage point when the small asteroid appeared in the sky.

This shot shows the trails of two …
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Post-Soviet Post-Meteor Humor

by on February 20, 2013

1. Chelyabinsk before the meteor shower.

Челябинск

2. Chelyabinsk after the meteor shower.

h/t Alexandr Evstr…
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Space Flight And The Big Awe

by on February 20, 2013

OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.

On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet


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Meteor Strike In Russia

by on February 15, 2013

A meteor that exploded over Russia this morning was the largest recorded object to strike the Earth in more than a century, scientists say. Infrasound data collected by a network designed to watch for nuclear weapons testing suggests that today’s blast released hundreds of kilotonnes of energy. That would make it far more powerful than the nuclear weapon tested by North Korea just days ago and the largest rock crashing


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The Immovable Force And The Unstoppable Object

by on February 9, 2013


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Reading The Solar System (in scale)

by on February 4, 2013

Astronomical

Volume 1, page 155, Earth

A scale model of our solar system in twelve 500 page volumes printed-on-demand. On page 1 the Sun, on page 6,000 Pluto. The width of each page equals one million kilometres.

This film takes us through the first volume where we encounter the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the Asteroid Belt.

ASTRONOMICAL – The Movie from Mishka Henner on Vimeo.

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Norway Aurora After Solar Storm

by on January 31, 2013

The skies over northern Europe have been illuminated with an intense display of the northern lights after a week of massive solar storms showered the Earth with radiation. Video shot last weekend in Norway showed the eye-catching effect of the Aurora Borealis in the skies above Birtavarre. The lights are a familiar sight for Scandinavians, but even experienced stargazers were stunned by the intensity of the aurora borealis that swept


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1000 Words, 1000 Days: Day 374 – Your Bizarrely Specific Horoscope – January 8

by on January 20, 2013

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Good morning, children of the star-spooged cosmos. How are you? It’s okay, it’s okay. Madame Chakra-Lubowitz knows how you are. It’s her job to know how you are. It’s also her job to tell you how you shall be. And you shall be well. Most of you, anyway. Some of you are screwed. But let’s not dwell on that. Let’s unlock the stars, plug into the planets and Facetime the …
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NASA Spacecrafts To Deliberately Crash Into Moon

by on December 17, 2012


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Mars 360 (Through Curiosity Eyes)

by on September 21, 2012

Click, pan and zoom the martian landscape through the lenses of the Curiosity rover.

Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover in New Mexico

h/t Alex Evstr…
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