- In other space news, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka returns from his record-breaking stint on the International Space Station.
- Things from far away: Colliding black holes may cause space-time distortions 100,000 years from now. Magellanic Clouds captured by the Planck satellite in beautiful sunrise hues (wow pic).
- A little closer to home: Awe-inspiring Pluto images just released (wow pics). NASA confirms global ocean on Saturn’s icy moon of Enceladus. The spice must flow: Mars Rover captures petrified sand dunes on Mars. SpaceX releases images of how its Dragon spaceship will land on Mars.
- To get perspective: Building the first to-scale model of the solar system, complete with planetary orbits – in a Nevada lakebed (inspiring video).
- There and back again: A team builds a space balloon and sends it off, only to find the footage two years later (wow video).
- The Rockwell Integrated Space Plan – a chart of humanity’s space exploration for the next 100 years – gets a contemporary makeover (cool infographic).
- After a long hiatus, SyFy is finally venturing into space, with successful Killjoys and Dark Matter episodes this past summer, and The Expanse to arrive on December 14!
- Other fall science fiction series include the reboot/sequel of Spielberg’s Minority Report, to premiere next Monday on Fox, and one I am very interested in following – an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel by the same name – The Man in the High Castle. Watch out for this eerie, Nazi alternative-history thriller on November 20.
- I approve of this bookshelf. And this playlist.
- An X-Files plot in real life? Giant virus found in 3000 year old permafrost.
- Margaret Atwood on storytelling (video).
- An interesting book concept. Science fiction’s fascination with suicide is therapy “in times of traumatic upheaval.”
- A Star Trek/ Planet of the Apes crossover comic book! In related(?) news, check out this new limited series Chewbacca comic book…
Posts Tagged ‘Space Pics’
- Mysterious dark spots appear on the planet Pluto, as NASA’s New Horizons prepares for its closest fly by of Pluto. Wonder if those intriguing dark spots will get Star Trek, H.P. Lovecraft, or Dune names?
- Timelapse of Mars Rover’s marathon mission (video).
- Liberty Science Center just created a tape wormhole – for kids.
- Virtual reality is not just for video games. NASA is using VR in space.
- Can hibernating bears hold the key to long-term space travel?
- X-Files releases teaser trailer ahead of #SDCC2015: 201 Days of X-Files (video).
- Lego Star Wars is not just about toys anymore. The Lego Movie directors are poised to do a Hans Solo Star Wars prequel film in 2018.
- Stormtrooper walks 800km to San Diego Comic-Con in memory of his wife.
- Patrick Stewart and Gene Roddenberry on Picard’s baldness.
- Scott Park poster features 63 women in science fiction and fantasy. Great resource for finding your next Comic-Con costume!
- Crowdfunded science fiction is here! Check out the latest pics from Star Trek: Axanar, and learn more about the making of this movie. In Space Command, Mira Furlan and Robert Picardo star in a crowdfunded series that explores artificial intelligence. Then we have the crowdfunded Nobility series – touted as a cross between Firefly and The Office.
- 10 lessons from science fiction about surviving in space (so true).
The Egg Nebula is a pre-planetary cloud of dust that both hides and reflects the light emitted from its central star. As light reflects across the dust shells further from the center, the light becomes polarized before it reaches Earth.
Just one light-year away from the Egg Nebula is another treat: the Cygnus Constellation (Cygnus is greek for swan). (more…)by
A total lunar eclipse will be visible this Saturday throughout Alaska, eastern Australia, northern Japan, and eastern Russia. Those on the west coast of the United States and parts of eastern China will still have a nice view of a partial eclipse. At 5 minutes in length, this will be one of the shortest lunar eclipses in the 21st century.
For more information, see the NASA eclipse page.
Best viewing times (in local time):
- Anchorage, AK: 3:30-4:30 AM
- Los Angeles, CA: 4:30-5:30 AM
- Tokyo, Japan: 8:30-9:30 PM
- Beijing, China: 7:30-8:30 PM
- Melbourne, Australia: 10:30-11:30 PM