Archive for the 'Universe' Category

Gigantic Spiral in Space

Saturday, September 11th, 2010 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 14:15

The spiral is produced by a binary star about 3000 light years from earth and is 3 trillion kilometers in diameter. [...] older stars run out of available hydrogen. Eventually, they fuse helium into carbon. When this happens the star swells up and becomes a red giant [...] Red giants tend to blow a lot […]

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Saturn V Model Rocket (Scale 1:10)

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 23:01

A cool video on YouTube showing the launch of a Saturn V model rocket. Scale 1:10 might sound small but it’s freaking huge for a model rocket!

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Galactic Tour Through the Neighborhood

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 22:09

At you can take a tour of our corner of the cosmos. Like the famous National Geographic poster it gives you a good sense of how small our solar system (and every other) really is. Truly fascinating.

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Magnificent Mars Surface

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 14:04

A collection of stunning pictures of Mars’ surface taken by HiRISE onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment website has high resolution versions of most images and also beautiful wallpapers. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

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Saturn at Equinox

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 16:53

Fantastic photos of Saturn and its rings and moons at equinox, when the Sun shines directly on the edge of the ten meter thin rings. Photo: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Water Found on Moon and Mars

Thursday, September 24th, 2009 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 22:01

NASA has released information on water molecules found on our moon and in unexpected places on Mars. Exciting news! I’m looking forward to see whether LCROSS — the Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite — finds larger quantities of water ice on the Moon. Its impact is on Oct. 9, 2009.

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The First Pictures Taken on Other Planets

Thursday, August 13th, 2009 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 17:25

Until recently I didn’t know of the Viking 1 and Venera 13 missions that took the first pictures on the surface of Mars and Venus. In 1976 NASA’s Viking 1 took the first photos as a lander on Mars. At the moment Spirit and Opportunity are still working and snapping pictures on Mars. In 1982 […]

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Star Trek vs. Real Science

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 20:25

The widely accepted rule of even numbered Star Trek movies being great and odd ones being crap was disrupted after Nemesis and is officially reversed with the 11th iteration simply named Star Trek. A large portion of all Star Trek films and TV shows was about science and galactic phenomenons the viewer just had to […]

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Prepping a Space Shuttle for Launch

Monday, September 17th, 2007 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 23:52

Prepping a Space Shuttle for launch is a lot of work. “After looking at the pictures you will know why there’s a good period of time between shuttle launches.” (link)

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Some Planets and Stars Compared in Size

Thursday, December 21st, 2006 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 06:31

This is a follow-up to my previous post Even Our Sun is Tiny but this time a video (via digg) shows you how small we really are and which monstrously large objects are “floating” around in our galaxy. A size comparison1 of the Sun to VV Cephei A (the supergiant of the binary star system […]

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Pluto: A Planet No More

Thursday, August 24th, 2006 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 18:22

Pluto lost its status of being a planet after the definition of planet was changed by the International Astronomical Union. “Pluto was automatically disqualified because its oblong orbit overlaps with Neptune’s” the BBC reports. Now “the eight planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune,” said the IAU resolution which was passed […]

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Even Our Sun is Tiny

Thursday, July 20th, 2006 by Daniel M. Gattermann at 21:50

A month ago I stumbled upon a site entitled The Size Of Our World. It has comparing images of our planet, the Sun and much larger stars like Betelgeuse and Antares (the largest two on those pictures). The brightest star of our nightly sky — Sirius — isn’t left out. I find it quite impressive […]

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