Simon Lee Waldram specializes in night photography and does guided tours in the Canary Islands. His work featured here depicts a beautiful contrast between the Milky Way and man-made objects. Mr. Waldram goes by Fuerteshoot on DashBurst and is one of the most creative and talented astrophotographers on the planet as you can see with… Continue reading Stellar Night Photography featuring the Milky Way versus Man-Made Objects
The distance between Earth and our moon is 238,855 miles. When you add up the diameters of all the other planets in the solar system, you find that you can actually fit them all between Earth and the moon: the sum of the diameters of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune is 236,126… Continue reading How Many Planets in Our Solar System Can Fit Between the Earth and the Moon?
If you’ve ever seen a meteor shower, you’d know it is a pretty spectacular sight with lights streaking and falling across the night sky. Although they are rather common these days, we may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a never-before-seen meteor shower this coming May. On May 24, planet Earth may encounter… Continue reading Look Out for a Meteor Shower Coming to Earth for the First Time Ever on May 24
Instagram is truly out of this world now that photos are literally being captured and uploaded extraterrestrially. On April 7, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson uploaded the first Instagram photo from space. The photo, taken aboard the International Space Station, was a selfie featuring the astronaut wearing a T-shirt from the space television show Firefly. Behind… Continue reading The First Instagram From Space Is An Astronaut Selfie Wearing a “Firefly” T-Shirt
Have you ever loved a planet so much you just wanted to eat it all up? Rhiannon of Cakecrumbs has. A self-taught cook and cake decorator and a planetary aficionado, Rhiannon baked the ultimate tribute to her favorite planet: a spherical cake containing concentric layers decorated and modeled after Jupiter. She wrote on Cakecrumbs: In… Continue reading The Most Delicious Way to Be a Nerd: Make a Layer Cake Modeled after Jupiter [TUTORIAL]
Apparently, it’s possible for planets to shrink, and it’s happening within our very own solar system. Mercury, already the smallest planet, is contracting, causing what appears to be shrinkage. According to research from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the planet closest to the sun has lost about four miles of elevation in some areas. Scientists have known… Continue reading Our Beloved Solar System’s Mercury is Actually Shrinking
Although they are the largest mammals on the planet, you can’t see whales from space. Not until now, that is. Scientists have discovered that they can keep track of whales by using images taken from space with the DigitalGlobe’s Worldview-2 platform. The system uses exceptionally high resolution satellite pictures and image-processing software that scientists can… Continue reading Scientists Now Able to Track Whales From Space
Remember what fun it was to make solar system models out of styrofoam balls in third grade science class? Ken Condal does, and he’s taken that fun to another level with his beautiful orrery (aka or a mechanical model of the solar system). It took Condal 10 months to take this sculpture from idea to… Continue reading Fascinating Animated GIFs of a Mechanical Model of the Solar System