The Observable Universe

Pablo Carlos Budassi created a dazzling logarithmic visualization of the observable universe in 2013:
Observable Universe in One Image

Observable Universe in One Image. Credit: Pablo Carlos Budassi/Wikimedia Commons

The illustration features our solar system at the very center, followed by “inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri, Perseus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, nearby galaxies, Cosmic Web, Cosmic microwave radiation and Big Bang’s invisible plasma on the edge,” according to Wikimedia Commons.
What do you think, does the image make you feel big or small in the grand scheme of things? I think it’s beautiful.
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There’s Little Faith in Humanity

So last week a hashtag was trending on Twitter: #GreetTheAliensIn5Words

Since we love all things sci-fi (aliens ❤ ), we decided to observe common themes among responses. You probably won’t be surprised, many Tweets painted Earth and humanity in a very negative light:

Reflecting on Failure of Humanity

Reflecting on Failure of Humanity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I understand that we’re not perfect, and we’ve probably failed more at most things than succeeded, but does this disappointment of humanity go deeper, or are these Tweets just spur of the moment jests? I think we need a clinical psychologist to get involved in this conversation, don’t be shy to jump in and add your thoughts… Also people felt that running away from Earth was necessary to find something/somewhere better:

Running Away to a Hopeful Better Place

Running Away to a Hopeful Better Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If we are collectively aware of humanity’s shortfalls, then why aren’t we discussing solutions, rather than just sharing our miseries? Is it because we feel that positive change is beyond our individual powers? Have we really reached a stage of hopelessness in our Earth’s history? Here are two Tweets which I thought where more optimistic/ legit that I could get behind:

Tweets That Made the Most Sense

Tweets That Made the Most Sense

How would you greet the aliens, and what is your take on the underlying emotions present in the majority of the responses, are you concerned or complacent when it comes to having faith in humanity?

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Why Other Potential Habitable Planets are so Far Away

I just realized something the other day; I figured out why other potentially habitable planets are so far away. Yes, this may be seen as a conspiracy theory, and if you don’t like that then treat this post as a science-fiction short story idea.

Wolf 1061c

Wolf 1061c

Firstly, you should know that our nearest potentially habitable exoplanet is Wolf 1061c, which is about 14 light years away. Ok, moving on… When organisms are cultured in a Petri dish, they are usually cultivated in isolation. Each organism/bacteria or mold is put into a separate Petri dish (this is usually to avoid cross contamination).

Potentially Habitable Exoplanets

Potentially Habitable Exoplanets

So maybe all the habitable planets in our universe are so far apart from each other (isolated) to avoid cross contamination of the different species being cultivated within each planet. Maybe, whoever is observing us wants to see how each species thrives in the same environment through independent evolutions (which species evolves the best under the same conditions). Like, there may be a species ranking/ leaderboard, where the best performing planets are ranked 1, 2, 3… I wonder where Earth/humans as a Petri dish/specimen combination are ranking on the universal leaderboard.

Do you think we could be living in the equivalent of a giant Petri dish or something similar? Please share your thoughts…

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The CIA declassified thousands of UFO sightings

So if you haven’t been up to date with the latest news, the CIA declassified thousands of UFO and alien sightings that have taken place around the world! All of the documents released pertain to the period between 1940s – 1960s. No, unfortunately Roswell was left off the list; it’s still classified, which leads me to believe that it’s all real and they’re still trying to hide stuff (Area 51 vibes):

Via CIA website

Via CIA website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve given a few documents a read. Head on over to their website if you are keen to learn more. I always knew we weren’t alone in the universe. Let me know what you think…

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Offworld Trading Company

Seeing as though we are going through our 6th mass extinction; the probability of humans seeking resources off-world is very real:

Offworld Trading Company

Offworld Trading Company

Offworld Trading Company is a real time strategy game that takes players to Mars:

Your Colony

Your Colony

This off-world adventure is all for profit. Mine your way over the surface of Mars to economic victory:

Life Beyond Earth Begins

Life Beyond Earth Begins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offworld Trading Company is $39.99 on Steam. Let me know what you think?

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Apollo 11 Game

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to go into space! Let’s go for a moon walk with the Apollo 11 game…

Apollo 11 Game

Apollo 11 Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You get to command the mission vehicles. Take-off and navigate your way through 7 levels:

Apollo 11 In-Game

Apollo 11 In-Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This game is the only NASA collaboration game to date. It is near-accurate; where you can land your lunar module at the actual splashdown sites from the real mission:

Apollo 11 Splashdown

Apollo 11 Splashdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-entry can be a bit of a stumbling block; calculate that angle/speed correctly!

Re-Entry Apollo 11 Game

Re-Entry Apollo 11 Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously think about it – would you like to go on any space mission? Which ones? Mars for me; if the technology has improved for the occasion.

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Pluto Flyby

In anticipation of the Pluto Flyby by the New Horizon’s spacecraft on July 14; NASA is encouraging people to take and upload selfies with the hashtag #PlutoTime :

Pluto Sunlight

Pluto Sunlight

Pluto is 30 times further away from the Sun than Earth; so you can calculate how bright a day on Pluto is, based on your noon-time with NASA’s new app. Calculate your Pluto time here!

The Sun only rises every 6 days on Pluto; and it’s light is 1000 times fainter compared to it’s brightness as seen by Earth. I guess there wont be a market for sunglasses there…

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Shoot Moon

Shoot Moon is a creepy game to say the least. The Moon starts off happy; but as you gradually keep attacking it, it gets all sinister:

Shoot Moon

Shoot Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The objective is to launch rockets from behind a red line and to hit the moving moon:

Scoring Points

Scoring Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You score more points when you hit the moon if its further away:

Rocket Launch

Rocket Launch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you keep on hitting the moon successfully; it gets super angry; to the point where it gives ‘birth’ to a red asteroid minion:

Angry Moon

Angry Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These red minions start to accumulate. They protect the moon. If you end up hitting a minion; it will come at you and swallow you – Game Over!

Moon Minion

Moon Minion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoot Moon is free in the app store.

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Merchandise Monday #30

This is a model diorama of the Apollo 11 landing! I love all things space/astronomy so i couldn’t ignore this:

Apollo 11 Landing

Apollo 11 Landing

My brother builds WWII dioramas; and a lot of work goes into making a scene look authentic (building, painting and proportions of other objects in scene etc.):

Aerial View

Aerial View

I really want to do a full space scene transition. Like a diorama of the Cape Canaveral launch site; then moving onto a shuttle in space with an astronaut doing a space walk; and lastly a proper version on the moon landing scene:

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

Does anyone else build model dioramas/landscapes? Share your projects with us 🙂

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