Orion Over Sky

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Sriram Murali created the above video to show the effects that light pollution has on the beautiful night sky.  In it, he focuses on the constellation Orion, and how our perception of it changes based on the light density of the area we view it from.  The entire thing is a great example of one … Continued

Cosmonaut Day

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On April 12, 1961 the Soviet Union made history by sending Yuri Gagarin into space.  He was the world’s first astronaut, and he was the one who shot the United States in the arm and made us realize that we had a long way to go if we wanted to beat the commies at their … Continued

Voyageurs Northern Lights

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In 8K! Well, if you can even render 8K on your puny monitor that is.  This was taken up in Voyageurs National Park, way up in northern Minnesota, like, way up there on the border of Canada.  It’s not a place that’s easy to get to as much of the park consists of lakes and rivers, … Continued

The Space Station

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You really do want to spend the next 18 minutes watching this video, you will thank me. I got two things out this tour. 1). There are flashlights everywhere.  I guess it makes some sense, it still seems excessive. 2). It’s more cluttered than a teenager’s bedroom.  And I’m sure like every teenager, they moved … Continued

The Birth of a UFO

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Gone are the days when these things could be explained away as swamp gas reflecting off the planet Venus.  No, with the advent of cheap, highly maneuverable “drones” people can do all sorts of things.  At night, with a 1,000 watt LED bar attached to the bottom of it, and individually controlled and colored LEDs … Continued

Rogue One

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My worst fears are coming true.  That is the above trailer for the first spin off of the Star Wars franchise.  Tell me, does it look like a traditional Star Wars film?  Come on, answer that question honestly.  If you removed the obviously Star Wars things, TIE Fighters, and Storm Troopers, what do you have? … Continued

New Moon

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The above video shows a really neat interactive art installation made of welded steel, light bulbs, and LEDs.  The purpose is to allow people to see all the phases of the moon at once.  Turning the knob below the moon turns a mirror inside the light bulb moon which in turn changes the shadow effect … Continued

Tiny1 Astrophotography Camera

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The Tiny1 is an interesting concept camera.  Well, it’s about to become a real camera if the Indiegogo campaign is any indication.  It’s billed as a dedicated astrophotography camera that’s small, lightweight, and connected to social networks and the mobile world.  In practice, I’m not so sure what this camera offers that a traditional DSLR … Continued

1,000,000 mile Year long Earth Timelapse

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Last year NASA launched it’s Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite with an EPIC camera on board.  It’s stayed on the Lagrange 1 point, 1,000,000 miles from the earth towards the sun.  Lagrange points are interesting aspects of space, I’ll let you learn about it on your own time.  Taking a photo every 2 hours for … Continued