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The illustrations for “Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space” are gorgeous!

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Art by Ben Newman. From Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space (amazon), via Brain Pickings

Love these space themed illustrations by Scott Campbell

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By Scott Campbell.

HEADLINE: Martians Build Two Immense Canals on Mars in Two Years!

From the The New York Times, August 27, 1911.

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Read the full story here. Via Futility Closet.

In which Jupiter wonders what the storm fuss is all about…

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Via zipmeme

Love this little anecdote about astronaut John Glenn and the International Flat Earth Research Society

Found at Futility Closet and noted here for tagged archive.

In February 1962 John Glenn circled Earth three times on Friendship 7.

When he landed, he received a card from the International Flat Earth Research Society.

It said, “OK wise guy.”

Strange and surreal space themed animated gifs

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By Zach Dougherty, via Colossal.

Saturn is awesome. That is all.

Breathtaking…

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Data from Cassini. Image processing by Gordan Ugarkovic. Via Bad Astronomy.

These black and white (science-y) illustrations by @superjoshln are gorgeous

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By Josh Ln, via Thinx

Minimalist International Year of Astronomy posters (2009). #beautiful

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By Simon C. Page, via Thinx

These images by Hollis Brown Thornton would make interesting slides for a segue into astrobiology.

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By Hollis Brown Thornton

I’m so cool, it’s ridiculous. An animated gif for the astronaut in all of us.

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By Adrijan, via Fresh Photons

Axis-tilt: is the reason for the season. #awesome

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Photo source unknown, via Fresh Photons

Awesome animated gifs of the Elephant Trunk Nebula.

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From Space Goat, original images by J-P Metsavainio

This solar corona, a la solar eclipse, is truly amazing!

(O.K. This designates my previous instagram post to the “I’m not worthy” category!)

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By Miloslav Druckmüller, via Colossal

Quick! Assign the letters JHMLCNVTURISEYAPO to the integers -8 to 8 and tell me what you get…

… a piece of brilliant recreational math from Lee Sallows.

Specifically:

S + U + N = 3 + 0 – 3 = 0
M + E + R + C + U + R + Y = -6 + 4 + 1 – 4 + 0 + 1 + 5 = 1
V + E + N + U + S = -2 + 4 – 3 + 0 + 3 = 2
E + A + R + T + H = 4 + 6 + 1 – 1 – 7 = 3
M + A + R + S = - 6 + 6 + 1 + 3 = 4
J + U + P + I + T + E + R = -8 + 0 + 7 + 2 – 1 + 4 + 1 = 5
S + A + T + U + R + N = 3 + 6 – 1 + 0 + 1 – 3 = 6
U + R + A + N + U + S = 0 + 1 + 6 – 3 + 0 + 3 = 7
N + E + P + T + U + N + E = -3 + 4 + 7 – 1 + 0 – 3 + 4 = 8
P + L + U + T + O = 7 – 5 + 0 – 1 + 8 = 9
E + R + I + S* = 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 = 10

Via Futility Closet

I think we can all agree that nebulae are just pretty

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That is: “A nebula (from Latin: “cloud”; pl. nebulae or nebulæ, with ligature or nebulas) is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases.” (from Wikipedia)

Images compiled by Antony McAulay, via ScienceAlert

If you have some time to kill, you can even read up on a few of them…

Eagle Nebula, Carina Nebula, Cat’s Eye Nebula, Horsehead NebulaCrab Nebula, Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302), Eskimo Nebula, Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635), Cat’s Eye Nebula, Dumbbell Nebula, Helix Nebula, Hourglass Nebula, Medusa Nebula, Orion Nebula, Rosette Nebula, Tarantula Nebula, Trifid Nebula

Digitally manipulated stellar scapes by Chris Keegan. #whoa

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By Chris Keegan

What if the moon was one of the other planets in the solar system? What would it look like?

Pretty freaking cool actually…

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The moon

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Mercury

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Venus

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Mars

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By Ron Miller, via My Modern Met.

A vintage look at life in our solar system

Awesome… and from 1939 by  Frank R. Paul,

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Via Visual News

Some words of advice from @Cmdr_Hadfield drawn by @zenpencils

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Quote by Chris Hadfield, art by Gavin Aung Than.

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