Tag: Space

Solar System to Scale

by on May.11, 2011, under Articles, Science

Ever wondered how far the planets are from each other?

Solar System: A Perspective [Phrenoplis.com]

The planets are shown in corresponding scale. Unlike most models, which are compressed for viewing convenience, the planets here are also shown at their true-to-scale average distances from the Sun.

This means you need to do a lot of scrolling. I can only suggest this website for people with access to mice controls, no tablets or touchpads here. Finding the planets can be kind of difficult and the lack of graduation in the background can make it hard to judge how fast you are scrolling, however once you do start finding the planets you can get a feel for the distances between them that is impressive.

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Saturn is quickly becoming my favorite planet

by on Apr.28, 2011, under Articles, Science

Saturn is linked to Enceladus by an electron beam [Wired.co.uk]

Saturn has rings. That’s awesome. I reported awhile ago that Saturn also has Ice Volcanoes, which is also awesome. Saturn, however, has pushed itself into the legendary category by being one of the first (actually second) planets to be a natural dynamo generator with one of its moons. Literally the moon, Enceladus, is creating an ionosphere around itself, which is interacting with the magnetic sphere around Saturn, creating natural electricity. We’ve actually seen this before near Jupiter but Saturn is becoming a hot bed if near finds. For example did you know one of Saturn’s moons, Rhea, has oxygen on it? Not nearly as much as earth, and for a different reason that how our atmosphere works.

So many discoveries to make. Imagine what we could learn from this natural dynamo. Could we, at some point in the far future, harness the energy of this natural dynamo? Or perhaps even create artificial moons ourselves which will help power the earth?

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Scale(s) of the Universe (Interactive Edition)

by on Mar.25, 2011, under Art, Articles, Entertainment, Science

Scales of the Universe (Primaxstudio)

The above websites requires flash but it is worth it. If you need a hint, click on the blue box and drag it around.

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Video: Scale of the Planets

by on Jan.31, 2011, under Articles, Entertainment, Science, Videos, Visual Media

Posted by BradBlogSpeed via Warren Ellis

Scale from Brad Goodspeed on Vimeo.

Really. I never knew the size of Mars until I saw this video. I just always kind of assumed it was similarly sized to Earth. Now I’m really curious about the scale of the other planets (and Pluto).

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Ice Volcanoes!

by on Dec.15, 2010, under Articles, Science

Well not on earth. On Titan, one of Saturn’s moons.

Found: New Evidence of Ice Volcanoes on Titan by Andrew Moseman (Discovermagazine.com)

Supposedly these volcanoes actually spew forth ammonia and ice water, rather than lava and rock.

Apparently this phenomena has actually been observed on other icy moons. First time I’ve heard of it. Neat idea huh? I wonder if we’ll find alternate forms of life inside these volcanoes like we did in the lake the other week.

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Goldilocks planet found!

by on Sep.03, 2010, under Articles, Science

Eart-Like Planet Can Sustain Life by By Irene Klotz (Discovery.com)

Basically we found a exo-planet (a planet outside our solar system) that astrophysicist think is “just right” for the purposes of containing inhabited life. IE, a Goldilocks planet. Some of them are so sure, they’re stating that it is more of a matter of disproving that this planet doesn’t contain life, rather than proving it!

The planet is called Gliese 581g and it is about 20 light years away. One of it’s more interesting characteristics is that it is tidal locked to it’s sun. Similar to our moon, it only shows one side of itself to it’s sun at all times. IE it doesn’t rotate on it’s axis. It is, far denser than Earth, so it is capable of generating enough gravity to keep an atmosphere. It’s location from the sun suggests the capability of having liquid water, which is the big deal with life searching at the moment.

So it’s not Carbon Nanotubes, but I still think it is pretty awesome. Perhaps even more so than finding water on the Moon.

More info will be printed in this week’s issue of issue of Astrophysical Journal. Which you may or may not be able to access.

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Private Space Flight

by on Jun.04, 2010, under Articles, Science, Technology

So today is a day where a private corporation named SpaceX shot an updated rocket into space without the assistance of NASA from Florida, USA. Its not the first but hopefully it won’t be the last.

People have lost interest in space as I grew up. This has personally made me rather sad. I had several family work for NASA during its prime and grew up going to the space center at least twice to three times a year. I’ve been inside mission control several times, all during the age where I could only go ‘wow’ and sadly not really appreciate all of it.

I speculate often on the decline of NASA. I suspect it primarily has to do economics, the lack of good publicity by the space industry and science industry to explain the benefits we are getting out of the research, and a lack of cohesive backing by the people behind the American government. Acts as huge as space flight needed governments since they require such money, time and effort. At least they did. Now we have companies that seem capable of doing it. I hope that is a sign of how far we’ve advanced in technology, and not how far the US government has fallen behind in capability.

But either way this event should be celebrated!

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What do to if you encounter aliens

by on Mar.17, 2010, under Comics

A guide to what to do if you encounter aliens (Image).

I don’t think I agree with all of this, but its still funny.

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