Tag: planetary science

Ocean landscapes artistically depicted with glass sheets.




By Ben Young, via Colossal

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

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


Read the full story here. Via Futility Closet.

Planet Earth during hurricane Sandy, as depicted with a globe made from thousands of matchsticks.

That would be a literal description…




By Andy Yoder, via Visual News.

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


Via zipmeme

Feeling full of yourself right now? Watch this and you’ll be sorted. #wearepuny #NASA


“When NASA’s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on Oct. 9, 2013, it received a boost in speed of more than 8,800 mph (about 7.3 kilometer per second), which set it on course for a July 4, 2016, rendezvous with Jupiter.

One of Juno’s sensors, a special kind of camera optimized to track faint stars, also had a unique view of the Earth-moon system. The result was an intriguing, low-resolution glimpse of what our world would look like to a visitor from afar.

The cameras that took the images for the movie are located near the pointed tip of one of the spacecraft’s three solar-array arms. They are part of Juno’s Magnetic Field Investigation (MAG) and are normally used to determine the orientation of the magnetic sensors. These cameras look away from the sunlit side of the solar array, so as the spacecraft approached, the system’s four cameras pointed toward Earth. Earth and the moon came into view when Juno was about 600,000 miles (966,000 kilometers) away — about three times the Earth-moon separation.

During the flyby, timing was everything. Juno was traveling about twice as fast as a typical satellite, and the spacecraft itself was spinning at 2 rpm. To assemble a movie that wouldn’t make viewers dizzy, the star tracker had to capture a frame each time the camera was facing Earth at exactly the right instant. The frames were sent to Earth, where they were processed into video format. “

Video and text via NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Continental Drift: The Fart Hypothesis #funny


By The Perry Bible Fellowship. Via Fresh Photons.

Looks quite pleasant, no? Mars: 4 billion years ago.

By NASA Goddard, via @christina_ochoa

Saturn is awesome. That is all.



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

What I learned today: apparently volcanoes can puff smoke rings


These were “puffed” by Mount Etna in 2000. Apparently, she recently did it again.

By Stromboli online

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

Pretty freaking cool actually…


The moon















By Ron Miller, via My Modern Met.

Posters showing the layers of the atmosphere, the ocean, and our planet Earth. #pretty




From Brainstorm, via @darwinsbulldog

This has to be the coolest memo pad I’ve ever seen: Topographically accurate too.



“A memo pad that looks as if it has been cut directly out of the earth’s crust. The earth’s surface seems to be whittled away as the pages of the pad are used, and the pattern of the geographical features and the coastal lines changes. A memo pad that lets you enjoy the same kind of sensation you get from diving down into the ocean.”

Available from geografia. Via Stacy Thinx.

Pillow cases for sciencegeeks.





From Dirtsa Studio. Via Stacey Thinx

Sun Power – lovely illustrations by Don Madden






By Don Madden, via myvintagebookcollectioninblogform.blogspot.ca, via Stacy Thinx.

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 4


Peter Barthel, Communicating Astronomy to the Public, May 2012, (12) p13 – 15.

Link to journallink to arxiv abstract | link to pdf


Rare example of Christmas media showing an astronomically correct moon.

“We have established that illustrators and designers draw moons ad libitum, according to their taste, but often physically incorrect. The most common mistake is the early morning waning moon shown in an evening scene. Our research focussed on Sinterklaas, Santa Claus, and Christmas scenes, with a short side trip to Sint Maarten and Halloween. The apparent lack of knowledge concerning the physics of the moon phases is most likely widespread and not just limited to the countries examined here. Further investigations are however outside the scope of the present research.”


(see more of Popperfont’s Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravanganza here)

Best Moon Related YouTube Comment Ever…


Source Unknown.

This here: a solar system necklace

Solar System Necklace, Solar System Bracelet, Earth Necklace and Moon Phase Choker by nappyhappy in Swindon, UK (via Stacy Thinx)

That’s right! It’s time for volcano patchwork stitching!

By Ankie Vytopil

Beautiful miniature worlds by Catherine Nelson #amazing

By Catherine Nelson, via Colossal.

When a Crocodile Hunter Becomes a Planet Hunter


Cor Crikey! And g’day mate! Right now we’re walking up to Hawaii’s Gemini Observatory on the summit of Mauna Kea. It’s got a beaut of a telescope inside, and we’re hoping to find a new planet today.

(Whispering) Here we are at the front door. But we should first give it a bit of space. Patience is important when dealing with telescopes. And we’ve got to be careful with that door. It’s locked! Looks like the observatory doesn’t open for another 20 minutes.

(20 minutes later) Alright mate! Let’s go! (running) Quickly mate! We’re already inside, but we’ve got to move fast! If you look around, you might see that there are other humans around here that will also want to use the telescope, but if you get there first, you’re in there mate. You can use one hand for the controls, and the other to fend the others off.

(Reaching the console) We’re the first here! And it looks like we’ll get to have it to ourselves too. Ripper! Looks pretty complicated, but I’ve been around telescopes all my life and this is definitely an “on” button. But before I press it, let’s first camouflage ourselves behind this adjustable office chair, just in case! I’m going to turn it on now.

(Apparatus makes a noise). Watch out mate! We’ve got to stay extra alert now. Remember – never do this without the supervision of an expert like myself around.
It’s on. And don’t forget to be on the look-out for other humans. We can scare them off by making ourselves look as big as possible – spread your arms wide and look like you’re real pissed. That’s right, like that. Beauty mate! Alright, now let’s go find us some planets…

(7 hours) Did you see that?

(12 days) Did you see that?

(4 week) Did you see that?

(6 weeks) Did you see that?

(7 weeks) Crikey! Did you see that?

(3 months and 1 week) Did you see that?

(4 months) Did you see that?

(5 months and 3 weeks) Did you see that?

(6 months later and looking weary) Well mates, that’s all we have time for in this show. It’s a shame we didn’t find a new planet but that’s sometime how it is in these observatories. See you next time!


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