Vox’s Joss Fong put together a beautiful video pairing the images from the Voyager Golden Records (learn more about them here) with words from Carl Sagan and music from Blind Willie Johnson. The first image was a simple “calibrating circle” used in this post’s title.
There’s something powerful about this collection of images – this small attempt to sum up human existence. Carl Sagan said:
The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic ‘ocean’ says something very hopeful about life on this planet.
If we sent a time capsule to the aliens today, what would you want to include?
The last but not least of Assorted Planets Month!
And now to cool you all off with some “refreshing” rain!
This week’s entry: Planetary Rain
how the fuck does it rain horizontally
Wolfgang Tillmans, Veuns, transit (2004) and Urgency XII (2006)
Starry Night using Hubble images.
MY SPACE BONER AND ART BONER HAVE COLLIDED.
THE SPACE FANDOM DOESN’T FUCK AROUND
WE HAVE A SPACE FANDOM
WE DO NOW
THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SPACE FANDOM.
*sings starry starry night yet again*
Monday July 20th marks the 46th anniversary of the first moon walk. Meet the Apollo 11 astronauts: Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin; Command Module pilot Michael Collins; Mission Commander Neil Armstrong. (Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE #NASA
Above is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach - 7:49 a.m. EDT. This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 766,000 kilometres from the surface. Members of the New Horizons science team react to the image.
“This is truly a hallmark in human history,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s science mission chief.
The United States is now the only nation to visit every single planet in the solar system. Pluto was No. 9 in the lineup when New Horizons departed Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Jan. 19, 2006, but was demoted seven months later to dwarf status. Scientists in charge of the US$720 million mission, as well as NASA officials, hope the new observations will restore Pluto’s honour.
PHOTOS: NASA, Bill Ingalls
Aside from the TV footage beamed back to earth, the photographic record of the Apollo 11 mission has been lacking, at least that’s what we thought.
Recently, NASA archivists discovered a treasure trove of unseen Kodak photos that are now on display for the first time.
via Huffington Post
True color picture of our moon, unfiltered by our nitrogen rich blue atmosphere.
indubio: Japanese star map
Tenmon Bun’ya no zu - detail view (map showing divisions of the heavens and regions they govern), 1677.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield recently wrote a post for Mashable about what it’s like to orbit the earth.
In just 92 minutes we go all the way around, incredulously gazing on place after place, barely known and only dreamed of. The colors and textures pour underneath, a refilling kaleidoscope of delight. Over the months in space that followed, I took thousands of photos to capture and remember it. My book You Are Here is the best of those photos — my guided tour of our planet, as if we were floating and looking out the spaceship window together. Here are a few.
I want that book
Mt Fuji from the International Space Station
Photos from the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.
Yerkes has the largest refracting telescope—all glass lenses, no mirrors—in the world. It also has been the home for numerous astronomical discoveries and a place of research for famous individuals such as Edwin Hubble, Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein.
Yerkes was founded in 1897 and the main telescope is still in use today. The telescope has produced over 150,000 photographic plates, some of which are included in the August 1919 National Geographic magazine story. (via)
A Black Hole is an extraordinarily massive, improbably dense knot of spacetime that makes a living swallowing or slinging away any morsel of energy that strays too close to its dark, twisted core. Anyone fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to directly observe one of these beasts in the wild would immediately notice the way its colossal gravitational field warps all of the light from the stars and galaxies behind it, a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing.
Thanks to the power of supercomputers, a curious observer no longer has to venture into outer space to see such a sight. A team of astronomers has released their first simulated images of the lensing effects of not just one, but two black holes, trapped in orbit by each other’s gravity and ultimately doomed to merge as one.
MOON MOSAIC — A gorgeous image of the Moon from Noel Carboni via NASA: “No single exposure can easily capture faint stars along with the subtle colors of the Moon. But this dramatic composite view highlights both. The mosaic digitally stitches together fifteen carefully exposed high resolution images of a bright, gibbous Moon and a representative background star field. The fascinating color differences along the lunar surface are real, though highly exaggerated, corresponding to regions with different chemical compositions.” (NASA)
White Northern Lights in Finland