Tag: solar system

This is freaking brilliant. Jupiter Red Spot Embroidery.


By pardalote, via Thinx

Interesting facts about Uranus. #funny


Artist unknown. Via IFLS.

One of the earliest Mars images was a digitally reconstructed paint-by-numbers.


“A “real-time data translator” machine converted a Mariner 4 digital image data into numbers printed on strips of paper. Too anxious to wait for the official processed image, employees from the Telecommunications Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, attached these strips side by side to a display panel and hand colored the numbers like a paint-by-numbers picture. The completed image was framed and presented to JPL director, William H. Pickering. Mariner 4 was launched on November 28, 1964 and journeyed for 228 days to the Red Planet, providing the first close-range images of Mars.”


Close up (Dan Goods)


Color Key (Spencer Mishlen)


Side by side comparison of drawn image and actaul image (JPL/Caltech)

Text and images from NASA/JPL/Dan Goods, via Wired.

Vintage National Geographic Images


Charles Bittinger, Eclipse of the Sun by the Earth, 1930s


Vittorio Sella, A Cascade of Weathered Ice Spills From the 14 Square Mile Glacier, Karagour Glacier, Caucasus Mountains, Russia, 1910s


Pierre Mion, Habitat in Space, 1970s


On display at the Steven Kasher Gallery until February 16th, 2013

Beyond Earth: A Poster Series #beautiful









Unfortunately, it looks like they are now only available as screen wallpapers. By Stephen Di Donato.

Sun Power – lovely illustrations by Don Madden






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

Sciencegeek Advent Calendar Extravaganza! – Day 10


You can watch the movie in its entirety at Youtube.


Here is the plot as described on Wikipedia. Note that there is no mention of Curiosity or of NASA generally. Presumably, the sequel will rectify this…

“The story involves the people of Mars, including Momar (“Mom Martian”) and Kimar (“King Martian”). They’re worried that their children Girmar (“Girl Martian”) and Bomar (“Boy Martian”) are watching too much Earth television, most notably station KID-TV’s interview with Santa Claus in his workshop at the North Pole. Consulting the ancient 800-year-old Martian sage Chochem (a Yiddish word meaning “genius”), they are advised that the children of Mars are growing distracted due to the society’s overly rigid structure; from infancy, all their education is fed into their brains through machines and they are not allowed individuality or freedom of thought.

Chochem notes that he had seen this coming “for centuries”, and says the only way to help the children is to allow them their freedom and be allowed to have fun. To do this, they need a Santa Claus figure, like on Earth. Leaving the Chochem’s cave, the Martian leaders decide to abduct Santa Claus from Earth and bring him to Mars. As the Martians could not distinguish between all the fakes Santas, they kidnapped two children to find the real one. Once this is accomplished, one Martian, Voldar, who strongly disagrees with the idea, repeatedly tries to kill Santa Claus along with two kidnapped Earth children. He believes that Santa is corrupting the children of Mars and turning them away from the race’s original glory.

When they arrive on Mars, Santa and the children build a factory to make toys for the children. However, Voldar and his assistants, Stobo and Shim, sabotage the factory and change the programming so that it makes the toys incorrectly. Meanwhile, Dropo, Kimar’s assistant, has taken a great liking to Santa Claus and Christmas, puts on one of Santa’s spare suits and starts acting like Santa Claus. He goes to the toy factory to make toys, but Voldar mistakes him for Santa and kidnaps him.

When Santa and the children come back to the factory to make more toys, they discover the machines have been tampered with. Voldar and Stobo come back to the factory to make a deal with Kimar, but when they see the real Santa Claus they realize that their plan has been foiled. Dropo, held hostage in a cave, tricks his guard Shim and escapes. Kimar then arrests Voldar, Stobo and Shim. Santa notices Dropo acts like him, and says that Dropo would make a good Martian Santa. Kimar agrees to let Dropo be the Martian Santa Claus and sends Santa and the children back to Earth.”

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

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.

Conceptual space colony art from the 1970s: Kinda want to live there.

Address: Toroidal Colonies (in the vicinity of Earth’s orbit)

“NASA commissioned much conceptual work focused on moving people to space, both for habitation and travel. The artwork featured here come from three summer studies by NASA Ames, conducted in California during the 70s. They feature beautifully fantastic landscapes inside massive structures… a vision of a utopian life inside an artificial atmosphere.”

From NASA Ames Research Center, via Visual News (text by Benjamin Starr)

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)

The ultimate solar system animated gif.

I actually find this strangely calming…

Via Infinity Imagined.

Pluto is a planet: Uranus is next!

I do find this funny. Via Dropping the Science

This animated gif of Mimas by the rings of Saturn is amazing.

From saturn.jpl.nasa.gov, via Stacey Thinx.

Come see Sol: Guaranteed not to explode for another 4,999,999,723.2 years!

By Luke Minner and Naomi Wilson.

Wall hangings of an astronomical theme, circa 1850

Via Wool and Wax, original source unknown.

This totally made my day: An absolutely breathtaking view of the Milkyway as seen from Mars.

Source unknown (please let me know if you have this info) – via IFLS.

Is there life on Mars?

From the pages of Fake Science 101.

Best Three Word Combination EVER! Solar System Lollipops

From Vintage Confections, via Dooby Brain.

Neil Armstrong: A Giant Among Men

By Zen Pencils.

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