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08-10-2012, 11:26 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-rover-sends-back-colorful-picture-mars-233034917.html?_esi=1 disappointing that this hasn't been mentioned yet. i stayed up late to wtach the rover land, it was as exciting to me as the moon landings must have been to the people of the 1960's.

08-10-2012, 10:08 PM
^ Honestly didn't even know about it, thanks!

I still have a VHS tape stored away somewhere from the original Mars Rover footage from when CNN aired a 360 degree panoramic 3D picture of the Martian surface, with a pair of old red-and-blue 3D glasses in the box with the tape.


08-25-2012, 03:26 PM
Neil Armstrong dies at 82 (http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/neil-armstrong-man-moon-dead/story?id=12325140#.UDkmNallS2A).

08-25-2012, 03:28 PM
RIP Neil Armstrong.
Fuck NBC for getting his name wrong in the headline.

Edit: They changed it. I guess people complained.

08-25-2012, 05:42 PM
I'm of the opinion that from this point on, any time someone dies who isn't on a reality show, there's going to be a lot of this.


08-25-2012, 06:57 PM
A teary-eyed Armstrong photographed by Buzz Aldrin after walking on the moon.


Cat Mom
08-25-2012, 11:19 PM
^^ that is SO awesome.

R.I.P. Neil. You were THE MAN!!! I feel like a big chunk of my childhood just died.

SM Rollinger
08-26-2012, 09:47 AM
RIP neal, a true hero and inspiration

im suprised nobodys started a space thread yet, i know with all the geeks here, that im not the only space-junkie

08-26-2012, 11:21 AM
^ Done.

Let's talk about nebulas, dark matter, NASA endeavors and all things celestial.

the duder
08-26-2012, 12:38 PM
How neat is that?!


08-26-2012, 12:58 PM
I've watched that video so many times now. NASA released an 'official version' that plays back at the actual speed of the descent, with voiceover from mission control, but the quality didn't seem to be as good as what was in that clip you linked.

I'm so thrilled by the Curiosity mission. I have the latest images archive (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/latest-images-collection_archive_1.html) bookmarked and check it at least once a day.

Semi-related, I was very disappointed when I saw the headline "Who knew? Curiosity photos show Mars teeming with UFOs (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48783029/ns/technology_and_science-science/)" hit several of my news aggregators. I'd like to shout out a big hearty "fuck you" to MSNBC for muddying the waters with garbage like that.

08-26-2012, 12:59 PM
Some musical accompaniment





08-26-2012, 01:32 PM
Curiosity spins its wheels. (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16087.html)

08-26-2012, 06:20 PM
Curiosity spins its wheels. (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia16087.html)

Sheesh. Sometimes, looking at the media sent back from the rover, I forget just how slowly these things have to happen. Seeing the shadows lengthen while it does something as simple as rotate a wheel back and forth illustrates that pretty well. Even though the thing travels at a maximum of 90 meters an hour (0.0559mph) it supposedly will usually only move at a third of that speed. More! Faster!

08-26-2012, 07:02 PM
well, shit. i started a thread and i didn't even know it. still, i'm pleased to be able to share some of this stuff with you guys. anything involving space exploration i find really exciting. the Mars rover, the search for dark matter, the Higgs Boson (which isn't directly connected to space necessarily, but still a pretty big part of the universe). so many great things between the last few years leading up to this one.

08-26-2012, 07:03 PM
I'm looking forward to this..... glad to see they met and exceeded their pledge goal.



Also, I just remembered a video I hadn't watched in a couple of years.


08-26-2012, 07:18 PM
Has anybody watched Discovery Channel's mini-series, When We Left Earth​? It's up on netflix instant watch and it's a pretty amazing piece on NASA's space program.

08-27-2012, 03:44 AM
Why the hell was there not a space thread before?!
Whatever, it's here now.

I missed the Perseids, but hoping to visit my folks soon, lay on the grass and just look up. Their place is dark, out in the countryside, but there's SOME light pollution. Not as much as my place, right in town...

08-27-2012, 04:50 AM
I went on a date once with a girl who was amazingly beautiful.... I couldn't believe that she called me back and wanted to hang out. I was just in awe of how hot she was... all that kept going through my mind was that she could be a model (and other stuff).

And then, while we were hanging out, having an awesomely irrelevant conversation at a coffeeshop, she told me that the moon landing was faked, and she had seen videos proving that to be the case, and how it was all part of some conspiracy that all the brainwashed morons believe, and how it was all filmed in a cheap hollywood studio.

She called me the next day... and I didn't call her back.

RIP Neil Armstrong

08-27-2012, 05:05 AM
I liked it when Buzz Aldrin popped that guy in the beak for calling him a liar as to whether he actually landed on the moon. Fuck YEAH he went to the moon! Dear conspiracy theorists, take a look at what the US spent money on to one-up the Soviets during the Cold War and then tell me they faked the moon landing in a shitty MGM studio.

08-27-2012, 11:11 AM

08-27-2012, 11:33 AM
If the moon landing was fake every country would have landed on the moon by now. I would be like that episode of Archer where everyone in the office pays to pretend they had sex with Lana. No country would be able to call the other a liar with out admitting they are lying too. But I guess conspiracy theorist are not very logical people.

I have been following Curiosity on twitter and I read all the tweets in the voice of WALL-E.

08-27-2012, 11:49 AM
That interpolated landing video is great except for the whole 'fucking with the god damn colors' aspect of it. Also, it's upside down, in comparison to what NASA released. Still -- I can't complain. It was nice to watch a realtime video that wasn't a 4fps slideshow.

08-27-2012, 04:48 PM
somewhat random, but pretty amazing thing I stumbled on


08-27-2012, 05:58 PM
^^^^ Very nice! Great date story, by the way.

If anyone ever gets the chance to visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, they have a fantastic planetarium show, although I think the current show is about earthquakes. It will probably go back to the regular space show when the earthquake exhibit ends in late summer, I believe.

I've always liked this size comparison video. The track is John Barry's theme for The Black Hole, obviously not Vangelis.


08-29-2012, 02:15 PM
Thought this was pretty fascinating.

The Presidential speech that was to be given should Armstrong and Aldrin not make it back from the moon. (http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/the-presidential-speech-to-be-delivered.php?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+geekologie%2FiShm+%28Geekolog ie+-+Gadgets%2C+Gizmos%2C+and+Awesome%29)

09-07-2012, 04:57 PM
woooooooooooooah :eek:


Cat Mom
09-08-2012, 12:29 AM
Fake moon landing = CAPRICORN ONE, dudes!!!


The first time this city/suburbs girl spent the night at a friend's house in the sticks way west of Ann Arbor and I looked up at night and saw ALL THOSE STARS, I damned near had a heart attack. Then I felt really really small, like a speck of dust. Insignificant dust.

09-08-2012, 02:09 AM
A friend told me about this game he started playing today. Looks like fun.



09-08-2012, 07:12 AM
My contribution to this thread isn't nearly as spectacular as other posts, but it is something made by me.

A panorama I took of the Milky Way! (http://sa-nick86.deviantart.com/art/Milky-Way-Vertical-Panorama-Port-Willunga-319815695?q=gallery%3Asa-nick86%2F32122967&qo=4)

09-09-2012, 05:53 PM
Curiosity takes a self-portrait. (http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/685361main_pia16149-full_full.jpg)

09-09-2012, 06:52 PM
OH SHIT, it's become sentient and discovered the Myspace Angle!

09-09-2012, 11:45 PM
Curiosity takes a self-portrait. (http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/685361main_pia16149-full_full.jpg)


09-11-2012, 06:57 PM
Whoa, Hubble discovers an ancient galaxy (http://io9.com/5927315/hubble-has-spotted-an-ancient-galaxy-that-shouldnt-exist) that shouldn't exist.

09-21-2012, 11:41 PM
anyone else in the area see the shuttle Endeavor flown overhead today? I wished I could have gotten a little closer to its flight path, but it was still pretty awesome.

09-22-2012, 07:14 AM
I wish, they didn't swing through Canada, the space-bastards.

09-23-2012, 03:23 AM
I heard NASA is replacing the shuttle program with the coaster program.


09-23-2012, 04:20 AM
I sort of forced my friend to let me borrow, Full Moon by Michael Light. It's a book full of public domain photos taken by NASA and astronauts of the moon. It's fucking righteous my space sisters.


09-27-2012, 05:20 AM
The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has a bunch of interesting images here (http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/), along with the relevant explanations. This composite (x-ray from Chandra, optical from the Hubble Telescope and radio from the Very Large Array) image (http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2010/ngc1068/) of NGC 1068 is especially neat.

10-03-2012, 07:41 PM
Space related, or close enough: The Earth is "singing", apparently. (http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=Wonder_how_Earth_sounds_from_outer_space __03_10_2012?ref=ccbox_homepage_topstories)

10-03-2012, 08:20 PM
Space related, or close enough: The Earth is "singing", apparently. (http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=Wonder_how_Earth_sounds_from_outer_space __03_10_2012?ref=ccbox_homepage_topstories)
That's just the tip of the iceberg. I've listened to these (http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/6643714/NASA_Voyager_Space_Sounds_FLAC) recordings made by the Voyager probes just as much as I've listened to my favorite bands.

10-04-2012, 04:27 AM
That's just the tip of the iceberg. I've listened to these (http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/6643714/NASA_Voyager_Space_Sounds_FLAC) recordings made by the Voyager probes just as much as I've listened to my favorite bands.

Wow. Thanks for that. These are awesome

10-04-2012, 01:21 PM

10-04-2012, 01:41 PM

Oddly enough, the very first thing it reminded me of was this, oddly enough (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI-mDTdeKR8).

10-04-2012, 07:43 PM
Speaking of music. . . (http://exp.lore.com/post/32898734394/higgs-boson-data-from-cern-turned-into-a-melody)

10-04-2012, 08:04 PM
What the WHAT?! That's awesome!

10-08-2012, 10:25 PM
This Phil Plait podcast is awesome! (http://www.nerdist.com/2012/03/nerdist-podcast-phil-plait-live-in-boulder/)

10-09-2012, 02:17 AM

10-09-2012, 09:14 AM
Awaiting an epic fall (http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/red-bull-stratos-jump-freefall-supersonic-2012-10-09)

10-11-2012, 03:59 AM
This is a DVD I'd like to pick up.



EDIT: Here's another neat one. http://vimeo.com/3921306

10-13-2012, 01:28 AM
Holy crap those are AWESOME! I really wish I could get the DVD's, but they don't seem to be available anymore.

10-13-2012, 01:56 AM
Sounds from the magnetosphere, gathered from Canada's CARISMA radio array. Fantastic, hypnotic imagery and sounds.



Another great video:


10-13-2012, 05:06 AM
^^fucking. Yes.

10-14-2012, 03:28 PM
Awaiting an epic fall (http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/red-bull-stratos-jump-freefall-supersonic-2012-10-09)

well, turned out to be quite a success:


10-14-2012, 09:52 PM
Apparently it's the same day that Yeager first broke the sound barrier! Only... without a plane. Yikes.

10-14-2012, 10:29 PM
Apparently it's the same day that Yeager first broke the sound barrier! Only... without a plane. Yikes.

and without the gum

10-16-2012, 07:10 PM
Alpha Centauri has a planet. (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/10/16/alpha-centauri-has-a-planet/)

10-16-2012, 08:13 PM
That's so cool!

10-17-2012, 11:53 PM
The connection between pulsars and Joy Division. (http://exp.lore.com/post/33817682893/did-you-know-that-the-cover-of-joy-divisions)

12-08-2012, 01:18 AM

12-09-2012, 08:50 AM
RIP, Sir Patrick Moore


During the last episode of The Sky at Night, it struck me how frail he sounded :(

02-02-2013, 05:01 AM

02-02-2013, 10:57 AM
CG done right (for once). I highly recommend reading their introduction to the video on vimeo, it makes it all the more powerful.

02-26-2013, 05:37 PM
Did you know that an agency, the CTBTO (http://www.ctbto.org/press-centre/press-releases/2013/russian-fireball-largest-ever-detected-by-ctbtos-infrasound-sensors/), monitors all nuclear explosions on the planet, from many points on the planet, through low frequency sound waves (below 10Hz)? You can listen to their recording (sped up by 135x to make it audible) of the Russian meteor, detected as far away as 15,000 km in Antarctica. I'm glad these people are out there doing this; I had no idea of their existence until now.

02-27-2013, 05:48 PM
A new one by MelodySheep:


03-07-2013, 03:22 PM


03-10-2013, 02:45 PM

03-12-2013, 09:07 PM
This is big news. (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23265-mystery-boson-earns-higgs-status-thanks-to-w-particle.html)

04-18-2013, 11:58 PM

04-19-2013, 12:32 AM
^^ Hey, space... Quit being so FUCKING COOL!! :D

04-27-2013, 01:26 PM
Proof that rocket scientists are total nerds with a 5 years old sense of humor. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2313986/Clarkson-proud-Tracks-left-Nasas-Mars-rover-reveal-obscene-penis-picture-red-planet.html)

05-12-2013, 09:57 PM
ISS Commander Chris Hadfield records a cover of Space Oddity... In space. Celebrating his last day in orbit, he's coming back to Earth Monday at 7pm. Gorgeous.


05-22-2013, 03:40 AM
Follow a booster as it reaches space and falls back down to Earth:


06-02-2013, 07:40 PM
The recently discovered Higgs Boson (God Particle) has much, much less mass than was expected, and increasingly it's forcing scientists to consider a rather unsettling possibility: the Universe might be unnatural (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=new-physics-complications-lend-support-to-multiverse-hypothesis&page=4). It might not make any sense.

For some time I've had more than a suspicion that the Universe itself is deeply paradoxical, but I have to admit that it's disturbing to think that the Universe is so deeply paradoxical that it's unnatural (it's also kind of exciting).

One thing's for sure, the Universe is one helluva fucking weirdo.

06-02-2013, 10:15 PM
First evidence of OTHER UNIVERSES. http://www.technologyreview.com/view/421999/astronomers-find-first-evidence-of-other-universes/

07-03-2013, 07:14 AM
Pluto's fourth and fifth moons officially have names (http://www.space.com/21814-pluto-moons-named-kerberos-styx.html)

07-03-2013, 07:36 AM
Pluto's fourth and fifth moons officially have names (http://www.space.com/21814-pluto-moons-named-kerberos-styx.html)

Really glad they didn't go with Vulcan, why go with something completely irrelevant when you have the entire solar system, satellites and all, named in a thematically consistent manner? Internet polls can get really silly sometimes. At least now they know if they do something like this again, they should be a bit more specific about what is considered an acceptable name.

07-03-2013, 02:41 PM
Vulcan would have been pretty silly, but I actually feel the names are too highfalutin, considering the demoted status of Pluto. No one will even remember that it was once a fully fledged planet in 100 years, at least not the way we still hear about Greco-Roman myth. There are possibly dozens of dwarf planets remaining to be discovered in our solar system, should they and all their satellites get mythic names too?

07-04-2013, 01:23 AM
Teaser for a new IMAX film in the works, In Saturn's Rings:


07-04-2013, 01:32 AM
teaser for a new imax film in the works, in saturn's rings:

fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap

07-04-2013, 03:59 AM
There are possibly dozens of dwarf planets remaining to be discovered in our solar system, should they and all their satellites get mythic names too?

Well as for Pluto's satellites, I don't think it's strange that they're keeping with the theme, i.e. mythical entities/locations associated with the underworld. Even if Pluto was demoted, it would be weird to rename it just because it's not considered a major planet anymore. As for other dwarf planets and satellites, I don't know, why not keep it mythical? It doesn't have to be Greco-Roman, there are already dwarf planets in our solar system named after Polynesian deities. There are plenty of mythical names to go around for hundreds, even thousands of planetoids. Although it would be a shame if we ran out of names when we start visiting other solar systems (yes, WHEN, ahahahahaha)!

07-21-2013, 03:27 AM
Trailer for the new COSMOS series. Can't wait.


07-21-2013, 06:35 PM
I wanna be thrilled about the new COSMOS, but this is really only augmenting my mixed feelings on the endeavour.

07-22-2013, 01:56 AM
At least it's deGrasse Tyson and not some dipshit.

But it is Fox, and that worries me.

07-23-2013, 07:31 AM
Mute the video's music, leave "Time" well the fuck alone, sit back, get mindblown (http://www.youtubedoubler.com/?video1=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv% 3DGPj8D5KaPVU&start1=&video2=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3 DZ0kGAz6HYM8&start2=&authorName=). IT WORKS SO WELL!!

07-23-2013, 08:12 AM
I'm guessing they ditched Vangelis :(

07-23-2013, 08:46 AM
so much beauty : http://www.ciclops.org/view_media/38486/The_Day_the_Earth_Smiled_Sneak_Preview?js=1

08-28-2013, 09:00 PM
Panspermia! (http://phys.org/news/2013-08-martians-theory-life-mars.html) OMG.

08-29-2013, 02:07 AM
Aaaaaaaaaaaand mind is blown.

09-12-2013, 05:23 PM
Voyager 1 exits the Solar System (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/science/in-a-breathtaking-first-nasa-craft-exits-the-solar-system.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)

The Little Spacecraft That Could is still sending back data, 36 years after its launching. It was supposed to go on a 4 year mission but apparently, someone forgot to tell that to it.

09-12-2013, 07:27 PM
NASA's really good at underestimating its probes...

SM Rollinger
09-12-2013, 08:08 PM
I was listening to npr when they were talking about this, and they played a tone that they use to judge solar winds, and how it changed when it exited the solar system. It turned all high pitched, and i just got goosebumps, cool stuff!!!

09-12-2013, 09:53 PM
NASA's really good at underestimating its probes...

Indeed. I'm only sorry I won't be around to hear what they'll have to say for themselves when V'Ger shows up.

Halo Infinity
09-15-2013, 11:32 PM
I was wondering if this URL would've been perfect for this thread. It goes up to the Sloan Great Wall.


09-29-2013, 04:15 PM
Huge day for private sector space exploration.

First, Orbital Sciences became the second private company to dock a craft to the ISS with its cygnus.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/29/cargo-ship-reaches-space-station/2890699/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/29/cargo-ship-reaches-space-station/2890699/)

Then SpaceX (who was the first) launched their improved Falcon 9 v1.1 with a new payload fairing that successfully delivered a Canadian space weather satellite into orbit. They also tested reigniting their stage one rocket during reentry as a step towards eventually landing their rockets and reusing them. No word yet as to how the re-ignition test went.


Elon Musk just gave an update on the re-ignition test.

"Rocket booster relit twice (supersonic retro & landing), but spun up due to aero torque, so fuel centrifuged & we flamed out"

"Between this flight & Grasshopper tests, I think we now have all the pieces of the puzzle to bring the rocket back home."

03-09-2014, 10:04 PM
Just finished watching the first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Such a stunningly beautiful show to watch. I was blinking back tears at the end.

03-09-2014, 10:16 PM
Spoiler alerts, dammit!! ;)

I'm excited, it doesn't air for another 2 hours here!

03-21-2014, 03:58 PM
Here (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/science/space/detection-of-waves-in-space-buttresses-landmark-theory-of-big-bang.html?_r=0)'s evidence for detection of gravity waves and perhaps proof that Guth's model of the inflationary universe is correct. Here's a piec (http://www.nature.com/news/telescope-captures-view-of-gravitational-waves-1.14876)e from Nature that gives some background on gravity waves, but I can't tell if it's behind a pay wall.

03-22-2014, 01:40 AM
The primordial gravity wave news is very cool. I eagerly await reviews by other experts. If the observations hold up it's the final confirmation of general relativity, direct evidence of universal inflation, and the first sign of quantum gravity.

In other space news: in the '90s I worked for the Canadian Space Agency. I was the environmental test engineer for the joints on the Canadarm2 which is on the ISS.

03-22-2014, 01:50 AM
In other space news: in the '90s I worked for the Canadian Space Agency. I was the environmental test engineer for the joints on the Canadarm2 which is on the ISS.

Whoa really? I just read "An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth" by Chris Hadfield who Installed Canadarm2. It seemed like the CSA really took pride in their role in adding that piece to the station.

03-22-2014, 08:11 PM
Well, that was our baby, the Remote Manipulator System (RMS). The original Canadarms on the shuttles were both successful and iconic, so Canada felt it had both a track record and a precedent to meet.

The "hand" of the new arm (the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator, or SPDM) is very cool too.

I miss working in the space industry.

04-18-2014, 12:19 AM
This is pretty big news.


09-17-2014, 05:46 AM
Found this by chance. It strikes me that although this is one of the coolest things humanity has ever done, I never remembered to look for it in the internet. Anyway, here is the full content of the Voyager golden record:


10-28-2014, 06:29 PM
Holy crap! just watched the Orbital Sciences Anteres rocket blow up on a live stream. Bad times :(

10-28-2014, 07:58 PM
^Gaaaaah, the last one of those I watched live a couple of months back went off without a hitch. I guess that's good and bad, depending on what side you're on.

Watching that launch today was like seeing those old time 50s/60s clips where the rockets just blow up, or they go up a little and blow up, etc.
Pretty entertaining.

Hope the astronauts have enough Tang to last until the next resupply.

11-01-2014, 06:18 AM
This is a neat Wired (http://www.wired.com/2014/10/astrophysics-interstellar-black-hole/) article on how they generated the images of the black hole for Interstellar. Kip Thorne, an astrophysicist who specializes in general relativity and who (along with with Misner and Wheeler) wrote Gravitation, the go to textbook for general relativity, developed the equations to describe an black hole with an accretion disk around it. The visual FX people used those equations to create a simulation. Gravitational lensing does some really weird shit, leading to a really cool halo effect around the black hole. They're even going to publish a few scientific papers on the work.

11-12-2014, 09:08 AM

Live webcast from the ESA mission control of the Rosetta comet landing.

01-13-2015, 05:01 PM
Ted Cruz has been chosen to oversee NASA.

01-14-2015, 01:38 PM
Sorry, but one more time, Ted Cruz?! (http://gizmodo.com/8-dumb-quotes-about-science-from-new-nasa-overseer-ted-1678965577)

It's like making Ted Nugent the head of the EPA.

01-17-2015, 08:33 AM
I've been seeing a lot of photos lately that purport to be of huge structures...buildings and such...on the moon.

Then i saw this new documentary about aliens on the moon on the syfy channel.

Is it possible that we put structures on the moon, and that we have been there more times than NASA has let on, and people are claiming that the structures are alien in origin so that anyone discussing images like these would be ridiculed?

Take a look at this

Why, at no point in the documentary, does ANYONE say that the structures may be man made?
I don't doubt that there is other life in the universe, but that being said, i damn sure don't think they've set up shop on the moon.

The military, however...that's a different story

So what do you guys think? Are ALL of the pictures just optical illusions and such? Is EVERYONE lying?

I just don't know what to think about this. We had planned to build a military base on the moon (project horizon.)

Then we just stopped going.

02-14-2015, 09:37 PM
This is awesome. Five years' worth of solar images in different wavelengths presented as a timelapse.


09-28-2015, 12:15 PM
For everyone who thought Mars still has flowing water (http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-confirms-evidence-that-liquid-water-flows-on-today-s-mars), you were correct!

Cydonia Springs Water, yum.

09-30-2015, 11:35 PM

Facepalm this like there's no tomorrow, please.

10-01-2015, 01:28 AM
Holy shit, did they purposely pick the two dumbest fucking idiots to oppose Bill Nye, or what? That was awful and painful to watch.

Bill Nye was so good at throwing shade back though. Love that dude.

Cat Mom
10-01-2015, 06:02 AM
"what's 40%?"

"Less than half"


10-01-2015, 07:59 AM
https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/12036744_739799529484413_4286923888579988726_n.jpg ?oh=5b43e63ee8cfe4095290445e19ce5d68&oe=5686CC0C

10-15-2015, 10:00 PM
Cool stuff (http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/the-most-interesting-star-in-our-galaxy/410023/). The fact that the possibility of alien megastructures is even being considered, however unlikely, is so surreal!

02-22-2017, 10:24 PM
so NASA has just announced that they've discovered a set of 7 earth-sized planets orbiting a "nearby" star (40 light years away) in a system they're calling Trappist 1

Cat Mom
02-22-2017, 11:34 PM
Yup, pretty cool!! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/science/trappist-1-exoplanets-nasa.html

02-23-2017, 07:53 PM
This is a pretty neat Goldilocks zone illustration for TRAPPIST-1 (from Nature):


02-06-2018, 04:28 PM
Falcon Heavy launch was unreal. I didn't realize that they were designing the capsule with Musk's Roadster to open up, so when I saw that first image of the car just chilling in space with Douglas Adams' "Don't Panic" motto written on it, I was shocked. And watching the side boosters land side-by-side at the same time was just.....wow.

02-06-2018, 05:03 PM
think it's lovely that "space oddity" is on a continuous loop on the falcon heavy. planet earth is blue....

04-17-2018, 05:37 PM
(also "what are you watching?")

NASA Live - Earth From Space (HDVR) ♥ ISS LIVE FEED #AstronomyDay2018


04-19-2018, 11:38 AM
I didn't realise you could watch live feeds from space! :eek:

05-07-2018, 11:31 PM
jupiter and venus are the brightest objects in the sky where i'm at. i forgot how awesome google sky map is.

01-30-2019, 02:31 PM

Holy shit. This is the first thing in YEARS that I will go out of my way to see in a theater.

04-13-2019, 09:31 AM
(I had original post in clipboard because I decided to move it here from general headlines, then I couldn't find this thread and in the process pressed ctrl+c again so I lost it, haha, never mind)

New BBC documentary:
How to See a Black Hole: The Universe's Greatest Mystery

Cat Mom
04-14-2019, 01:44 PM

Holy shit. This is the first thing in YEARS that I will go out of my way to see in a theater.

Did you see it?

We saw it, then saw it AGAIN two days later!!

Cat Mom
04-14-2019, 01:54 PM
On Wednesday, the Event Horizon Telescope team released a long-awaited photo of the ultramassive black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy. Here are a few things to know: M87 is 55 million light years away, so our new black hole photo is really only new to us. That light left the area around the black hole just shortly before the dinosaurs vanished.

This ultramassive black hole is also called ultramassive for a reason, mainly being equivalent to 6.5 billion of our Suns. What's more, the black hole is actually dormant. It has sucked up so much material from its home galaxy that it can’t take in any more, so it’s just sort of sitting there quietly, the way you might after a particularly filling meal.


Cat Mom
04-14-2019, 02:02 PM
jupiter and venus are the brightest objects in the sky where i'm at. i forgot how awesome google sky map is.

Speaking of astronomy apps, I’ve been using Sky Guide (https://www.fifthstarlabs.com/version-7#featured) for a while on my iPhone and really like it,

04-14-2019, 06:46 PM
For the other space nerds, here's the full 34 MB .tif picture (https://www.eso.org/public/archives/images/original/eso1907a.tif) of the black hole. (7416x4320). Supposedly, there's a 180 MB version, but no luck so far.

Cat Mom
04-19-2019, 12:18 PM
R.I.P. Jerrie Cobb, Record-Breaking Pilot and Advocate for Female Spaceflight


SM Rollinger
06-30-2019, 11:23 AM
I used my trip to Chicago Open Air in May as a chance to visit the Museum of Science and Industry. Lots of mind blowing artifacts there, here is one of them, Frank Borman's flight suit from Apollo 8.
Rest of the photos here! -> https://imgur.com/gallery/7jddIKS