A New View of the Sun

I am one of those silly people who sometimes looks at the Sun. I know it’s bad; i don’t stare for long. It just has to do with my fixation of space. Here are some new beautiful images of our Sun taken from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:

SDO Sun Images

SDO Sun Images

The ultraviolet and x-ray images received by the SDO craft are helping scientists to understand the internal motion of the giant ball of burning gas:

X Ray of Sun

X Ray of Sun

If you would like to see more stunning images of our star; including timelapse videos; then please follow this link.

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Scale of the Universe

From nanometers to gigaparsecs; a journey through the scale of the universe is fascinating. From the seen to the unseen; both small and large – this Excel document will reveal it all:

The Universe

The Universe

Click below to download the document; so that you can travel through our universe at your own pace:

Scale of the Universe

What parts of our universe intrigue you most? For me; it’s space (the Pillars of Creation is where i’d like to end up one day).

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Superimpose Saturday #9

I can’t wait to see Interstellar! I’m obsessed with space travel and astronomy, as i’m sure most of you are too. The exciting lure of the unknown is too great to ignore. Matthew McConaughey will be planet-hopping in the partly solar-powered Endurance:

Endurance

Endurance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have chosen something a little more agile for my journey through space. I’m sure you recognize this space transporter:

X-Wing Starfighter

X-Wing Starfighter

Jodie Foster is my favorite actress. She’s wonderfully talented and a great role model. However, i did not find her space adventure film (Contact) to be all that exciting. Her character ended up landing on a planet and was missing for a good 18 hours. There is a lot of speculation, as to what actually transpired during this scene. There was a lack of clarity around this in the film:

Contact

Contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sci-fi fans are hoping that Interstellar has no such loopholes:

Interstellar Anticipation

Interstellar Anticipation

Are you looking forward to seeing Interstellar? What film is your favorite space adventure to date?

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Gear Jack Black Hole

Gear Jack Black Hole is an addictive endless runner game. I have been playing it for some time now; and i must say – i am developing Jedi reflexes when is comes to avoiding obstacles like ninja blades; lava puddles and rock falls:

Gear Jack Black Hole

Gear Jack Black Hole

Jack is trapped inside the Black Hole, and he’s running to save his life. He will have to travel through time and space to take on lethal alien enemies, crazy traps, and more! To make things worse, his ship, the W.Hale was absorbed by the Black Hole too:

Avoid Those Giant Alien Monsters!

Avoid Those Giant Alien Monsters!

Gear Jack Black Hole has a beautiful and unique visual style, which takes you on an endless adventure across five worlds (Japan, Iceland, Jungle, Volcanic and Desert):

Worlds in Gear Jack Black Hole

Worlds in Gear Jack Black Hole

If you see a pretty green/yellow flower sprouting out of the ground; don’t try to ‘collect’ it. This is in fact a lure attached to a giant alien monster’s head. Here is my Jack, before he gets gobbled up by an alien monster, who was previously sleeping prior to my arrival:

The Alien Monster Killed My Jack

The Alien Monster Killed My Jack

Along your journey you will collect cogs, which is the currency you can use to buy certain upgrades in the shop. I’m saving up my cogs to buy a new avatar for Jack:

Different Jack Avatars

Different Jack Avatars

My top score (based on distance traveled and what you collect/accomplish before you die) is currently 4065. Can you beat my top score? Gear Jack Black Hole is free in the app store; download it today 🙂

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Interstellar Game

Interstellar is a science fiction film; due for release on November 7. The Interstellar game is based on the film; where explorers leave Earth to gather data around the universe; in an attempt to find a new habitable planet:

Create Planets

Create Planets

The Interstellar game allows you to create your own universe; by building solar systems and shaping plants and their orbits:

Create Solar Systems

Create Solar Systems

Your mission is to explore as many solar systems as you can; and send data back to Earth with all of your ongoing findings:

Explore Solar Systems

Explore Solar Systems

Your spaceship is called the Endurance; and by gathering and sending data back to Earth through exploration; you earn data points to upgrade your ship’s abilities:

Spaceship - Endurance

Spaceship – Endurance

Since finding another habitable planet is a matter of urgency; the crew of the Endurance makes use of worm holes and black holes to jump through space (although i’m pretty sure nothing escapes the gravity mass of black holes):

Black Hole

Black Hole

I will definitely be seeing this film, as you know i have a little obsession with astronomy/space travel:

Interstellar Movie

Interstellar Movie

Play Interstellar GameHave fun 🙂

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A New Earth

What is our next frontier? To colonize a new planet of course!

Without the ability to travel at light speed (to search for new Earths); we feel that the best possible way to achieve this would be to terraform Mars. Terraforming of a planet, moon, or other body is the theoretical process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to the biosphere of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life. However, this has never been done; and it may take a while; so in the interim lets consider these New Earth options:

Once we can produce light speed spaceships, or an ark spaceship to carry more than one generation of humans, or deep space hibernation capsules – then we can travel to these planets that nearly resemble our Earth:

Kepler-10 c:

Kepler-10c is an exoplanet orbiting the G-type star Kepler-10, located around 560 light-years away in Draco. The planet was discovered in 2011. Kepler-10c orbits its host star every 45 days at a quarter of the average distance between the Sun and Earth. It has a radius more than double that of Earth, but a higher density, suggesting a mainly rocky composition.

Kepler10c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gliese 832c:

Gliese 832c is an extrasolar planet located approximately 16 light years away in the constellation of Grus, orbiting the star Gliese 832, a red dwarf (the planet is in the stars habitable zone). It has a mass of 5.4 times that of the Earth; and its temperature is similar to ours. It has an orbital period of approximately 36 days.

gliese-832c-earth-size-comparison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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