Tagged: space


Gigagalaxy Zoom

The European Southern Observatory has a neat, high-res, zoomable image of the entire night sky up on their website. It’s a total of about 800 million pixels. Once you go to their website, click...


25 August 1609

On this day 400 years ago, Galileo demonstrated his telescope in Venice. When we were in Italy last year, we visited the Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence. They have a number of...


Meteorite on Mars

The Opportunity rover is still chugging along after more than five years on Mars. Look what it recently discovered on its way to Endeavor crater. Yes, that’s a meteorite. It’s about 2 feet across...


Perseids and Baby Beach

Last night and tonight, we all sat out on the beach and watched for meteors. It’s time for the Perseids. It’s really nice and dark here on Aruba, but we weren’t very successful. We...

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Mauna Kea

When we were in Hawai’i two years ago, we went up to the top of Mauna Kea. It’s an amazing place. Standing on the barren cinder cone while breathing the thin air at more...


Portrait of an Eagle

Have you seen this picture from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter? That little white dot casting the big shadow is the bottom half of the LEM that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed in 40...

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It Was 40 Years Ago Today

Liftoff! This is the cover of the scrapbook I put together that summer when I was 10. I clipped articles out of the newspaper every morning and pasted them into this scrapbook. We were...

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The Big Picture: Apollo 11

The Big Picture is the Boston Globe’s photoblog. It’s really wonderful. They often have some great collections of photos. For example, today they have this collection of photos from the Apollo 11 mission.

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We Choose the Moon

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the JFK library has put together a neat website. It presents data from the mission in real time, but with a 40 year...


Planets and Ships

This is a Processing sketch that Peter and I wrote a while ago. You should see a black square with a bunch of colored circles. Each circle is a planet. Now click to launch...