Posts tagged with ‘solar system

If the Moon were only 1 pixel…a humbling map of the Solar System

Be prepared for a whole hell of a lot of scrolling. This map is pretty awesome in the sense that it really puts perspective on just how much distance there is between us and basically everything in just our small corner of the Milky Way.

Here’s the map

Minute Physics video of the day: Why is the solar system flat?

Well, mostly flat. Other than Pluto and the Keuper Belt objects, the rest of the solar system is in a remarkable flat orbital disk. What up with that?

Eight year old wins Peeps art contest with a diorama of the solar system

It’s almost Easter and Peeps aren’t worth eating, so you might as well make something useful out of them. An eight year old from Denver wowed the Denver Post with her diorama of the solar system made from Peeps. And she even included Pluto. Bonus points!

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Voyager I space probe discovers a new region of our solar system, the “magnetic highway”

Yesterday, NASA announced their findings from Curiosity rover soil samples, but in other really big astronomy news, the Voyager I space probe has discovered a brand new layer of the skin at the edge of the solar system— a “magnetic highway”, that ferries charged particles in a thin layer just on the edge of the sun’s reach.

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Minute Physics: “Why the Solar System Can Exist”

If gravity is so attractive, why doesn’t the earth just crash into the sun? Or the moon into the earth? The answer: Stable Orbits

6,000 page book captures the entire empty vastness of our solar system

The universe, and the solar system is pretty huge and like an atom, is filled mostly with empty space. Even our asteroid belt, which is portrayed in movies as a rocky minefield of death, is mostly empty space. To illustrate this concept, artist Mishka Henner made ‘Astronomical’, a 6000 page book that’s filled mainly with… empty space.

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Solar system chocolates? For me? You shouldn’t have.
From Mercury to Neptune, each of these eight planet chocolates has a unique flavor. Mercury is coconut mango, Venus is lemon creme, Earth is cocoa, Mars is orange praline, Jupiter is vanilla, Saturn is rum raisin, Uranus is milk chocolate and Neptune is cappuccino. 
You can order the set here for around US $41

Solar system chocolates? For me? You shouldn’t have.

From Mercury to Neptune, each of these eight planet chocolates has a unique flavor. Mercury is coconut mango, Venus is lemon creme, Earth is cocoa, Mars is orange praline, Jupiter is vanilla, Saturn is rum raisin, Uranus is milk chocolate and Neptune is cappuccino. 

You can order the set here for around US $41

Remember that gigantic storm on Saturn? This is what it sounds like

In addition to getting some awesome fucking photos of a giant storm raging across the face of Saturn, NASA’s Cassini probe also got audio of the event. Now I’ll tell you ahead of time that it’s not terribly impressive. It sounds just kind of like random static, but what you’re listening to is a whole shitload of lightning on a planet on the other side of the solar system, so that’s just cool enough as it is.

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The most amazing little Lego orrery you’ll see today

Built by V&A Steamworks.

I always wanted to build something like this ever since I saw a giant fantasy orrery in the movie Dark Crystal. As it has been on my builder’s ‘wish list’ for a while I figured the Iron Builder Competition was a perfect time to try one out!

I made it with the Sun off-centered ( vs. center ) to make it more dynamic to view. The cycles and planets and moons are all fantasy based ( so go cry to your Mom if you don’t like how Mars has a Moon or Venus looks like Jupiter ) Thanks for watching!

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Voyager discovers a frothy stew of magnetic bubbles at the edge of the solar system

The little Voyager I probe just keeps on going out through the edge of the solar system and beyond, still sending back valuable information. Scientists already knew that at the very outer edge of the solar system was the heliopause, where the Sun’s influence ends and deep space begins, but it was always assumed that it was made of graceful arcs of magnetic energy curving back towards the Sun.

But as it turns out, it’s more like a frothy jacuzzi of magnetic bubbles.

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The mystery of the gigantic mysterious planet at the edge of our solar system

We know that in addition to our eight planets plutoids that there’s a number of other small planetoids waaaay out on the edge of our solar system, just chillin’ (literally) in the Oort Cloud. But a pair of astronomers are certain that there’s a gas giant out there as well. Named Tyche, this gigantic planet is supposed to be four times the size of Jupiter and possibly harboring a number of moons. 

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What would it look like if other planets in our solar system were as close to Earth as the moon?

After being inspired by the recent lunar eclipse, Brad Goodspeed wondered what the sky would look like if the planets in our universe were as close to Earth as the moon is and revolved around us. This is of course, is simply an exercise in scale and aesthetic, not trying to gauge what sort of horrendous gravitational forces would take place if Jupiter was right next door.

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Voyager 1 about to leave the solar system forever

Thirty three years after its launch, Voyager 1 has been speeding across the solar system and now may be reaching the very edge of the solar system as it heads into interstellar space. 

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How to measure one year on Earth

Seems simple enough, right? Just pick a starting point in the orbit and when the Earth returns to that point, we’ve completed a year. Done. Well… not so much. The problem is that the Earth doesn’t go along the exact same path every year.

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