in space noone can hear you scream

Elusive “sounds” of howling planets made up of radio waves collected by satellites and converted to sound waves.
More space sounds here. Link to youtube video.

planet maker

Interactive WebGL demo to customize the appearance of a planet – you can even add your own texture data. Try it here. Use the controls on the top right.

via prosthetic knowledge

previously: 100,000 stars, a cool web navigation into the Milky Way.

Everything I Can See From Here


Short video directed by  Sam Taylor and Bjorn Aschim and/ for the Line Studio, that tells the story of two friends, their dog and an alien visitor..

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the big picture


found @ Valentina Tanni’s blog

crown of loops

Using a gradient filter on imagery captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, scientist were able to enhance places of contrast around the sun, making its explosive plasma loops not only more stunning, but also easier to study.
These huge arcs of solar material, which are constrained by magnetic fields, can swirl slowly on the edge of the sun for hours, sometimes even days.
More info here. Link to video.

MyCn18 is watching

Hubble telescope snapshot of MyCn18, a young planetary nebula that has an hourglass shape with an intricate pattern of “etchings” in its walls.
A planetary nebula is the glowing relic of a dying, Sun-like star.
Found here.

100,000 stars

Google Chrome experiment visualized 100,000 stars to offer a cool web navigation into the Milky Way. Start your interactive galaxy tour here and click on the labels for information / closer look.


And since the world probably won’t end this month, check the upcoming Geminid meteor shower crescendo. The peak of “meteor nights” is after sunset on December 13 and as  Astronomy Magazine says it should be the best display of the year.

Nasa’s “Watch the Skies” for more.

taste of Uranus

A set of 10 edible planet lollipops by Vintage Confections, including the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
All of the lollipops have had their back ends covered in silver edible glitter to mimic the stars in the sky.
Found here. Order here.