Posts Tagged moon

Today in Star Wars: Comparing the ISS against a Star Destroyer

One can view the International Space Station ISS from the ground. It’s a fairly large piece of orbiting human engineering. But what of the interstaller ships of fiction. The ones so large they block out suns just before the fatal attack?

Recently, the Lounge of the Lab Lemming explored this very concept.

Science fiction generally depicts people walking around on the ground, or starships floating close above a planet, but with little connection between the two; The only time I can recall people on the ground seeing spacecraft above are when the Death Star explodes in Return of the Jedi, and when the remains of the Enterprise re-enter the atmosphere in Star Trek 3. But if you can see the ISS from here on Earth, then surely a larger science fiction (or alien) spacecraft would be brighter still.

Drop below the jump to see a comparison against the moon.
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Our Strange Sky: Astronaut Ron Garan Shares the Moon

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Juno Photographs Earth and the Moon from 6 Million Miles Away, Puts Life in Perspective

The Juno spacecraft took the new photo on Aug. 26 as part of a test of its camera imaging system called JunoCam. The result: a parting shot of the Earth-moon system as the probe sails on its five-year trip to Jupiter.

“This is a remarkable sight people get to see all too rarely,” said Juno principal investigator Scott Bolton, of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, in a statement. “This view of our planet shows how Earth looks from the outside, illustrating a special perspective of our role and place in the universe. We see a humbling yet beautiful view of ourselves.

via Space.com

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The Atlantic’s Photo Essay on Dismantling the Space Shuttle Program or How to Make a Space Bastard Cry

Check out all 27 photos on The Atlantic.

via The Atlantic

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Our Strange Sky: “Red Snow Moon Over Edmonton “

Two weeks ago in the skies of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada during the full snow moon the sky was red.

Explanation:

The temperature was so low, -25 C, that plumes of steam rose from neighboring oil refineries. The above image was taken during a momentary break in the plumes. The rising Moon appears red here for the same reason that a setting Sun appears red — because blue light is preferentially scattered away by intervening air.

via APOD

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You Have Not Known Love, Like Moon Love

Thanks to Nathaniel Burton-Bradford for finding this.

A heart-shaped crater in the Galilae region on the Moon. Credit: ASA/GSFC/Arizona State University; 3-D by Nathanial Burton-Bradford.

via universe today

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Because Tuesday is the New Monday

We were going to save this for a Monday Good Morning. Then, over the last three days, our toilet broke(now fixed), the oven broke(remains unfixed), and this piece of shit coffeemaker decided to brew up a batch of coffee then promptly shatter spilling precious Black Blood of the Earth everywhere.

The world may be burning in fire and snow right now but we find it hard to give a good goddamn without The Precious running through our veins.

via agent3z

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Track the Phases of the Moon in 2011 with “Calendário Lunar”

We see this calendar by Dmtr.org.

We like what we see.

We can’t seem to find out how to buy it.

via dmtr

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Good Morning, Total Lunar Eclipse of December 21, 2010. Winter Solstice.

We’re a day late but that’s okay. The total lunar eclipse which happened to fall on the Winter Solstice for the first time in 500 years was obscured by clouds. Clouds!

The weather has conspired against our celestial pleasures for the last time. Let this be our war on water vapor!

In the meantime have a look at what Flickrers and Twitterers did with their photography devices.

Lunar Eclipse, Everglades, Florida, December 21, 2010.

Total Lunar Eclipse (201012210001HQ)

Space Shuttle Discovery at Launch Pad 39A
And our favorite photo for obvious reasons:

“The beginning of a total lunar eclipse hovers over the top of space shuttle Discovery at Launch Pad 39A.”

See you in 2094, convergence of celestial events.

via Flickr search “Total Lunar Eclipse December 21, 2010”, mashable

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Astronaut Jim Lovell Agrees, Space Should Be Our Destination

Cleaning out tabs that have been open for weeks. As any faithful reader may have guessed, we have a damn lot of them. The best way to remember them properly is to post them. For example, at least some of the old school astronauts are as disappointed as we were regarding the delays in returning to the moon.

Apollo Astronaut Jim Lovell, the heroic commander of Apollo 13.
Personally I think it will have catastrophic consequences in our ability to explore space and the spin-offs we get from space technology,” he said.
“They haven’t thought through the consequences.”

If you need examples of how space exploration has benefited us here on Earth, have a look at NASA’s annual publication Spinoff.

Available as a PDF or searchable database.

(via bbc)

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