Sunset on Pluto


“Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured this near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto’s horizon.(…) The back-lighting highlights over a dozen layers of haze in Pluto’s tenuous but distended atmosphere. The scene is 1,250 kilometers (780 miles) wide.”

Click to enlarge image above – read more here

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.

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

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.

Avoiding you

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Music video made almost entirely in Google Earth by Bartholomäus Traubeck.
Audio track: Avoiding you by Lux Repeat.
Link to video.

somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known

Clip created by Cris Abbas using footage captured by NASA’s Cassini Imaging Science System.
Audio: 2 Ghosts I, Ghosts I – IV by Nine Inch Nails.
More about Cassini and the on-going Cassini Solstice Mission, here.
Link to video.

The real Pandora

This is a picture of the 50-mile-wide moon Pandora, taken by the Cassini spacecraft on June 3, 2010.

Cassini launched in 1997 to explore Saturn. The mission was originally slated to end in 2008, but got its first reprieve with 27 months of additional funding to study the planet during its equinox. This year, NASA gave Cassini another 6 ½-year life extension, to continue exploring Saturn and its moons:

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