Archive for the ‘space news’ Category

IN DIVA FASHION, THE SUN SAYS “LOOK AT ME!”

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

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As this article at CNN will remind you, my fans should never look directly at me, the Sun, no matter how badly you want to ‘cause I’m just too darn hot! But there is one way that my millions of devoted fans can check me out, and that is by way of the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO.

The SDO is called the Hubble Telescope made especially for yours truly. It is unique because it is capable of observing the entire Sun (me, in all its radiant glory), not just a specific section. And you would need specially designed space telescope to witness this sizzilin’ solar star in action.

Check out this CNN link and bare witness my glorious “solar image”.

Too hot to handle,

The Sun

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WONDER AT THE WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

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Ever wish you could catch a glimpse of what only future space cadets will get to see? Well now you can thanks to Scientific America and the art of Hugo Award winner Ron Miller. Clink on this link to view “Eight Wonders of the Solar System”.

Check out the Rings of Saturn (and the sounds of Saturn’s Popcorn Party!), the sunrise on Mercury, Jupiter’s Red Spot (no, not her bindi), and many more interactive landscapes and marvels that our Solar System has to offer.

It’s the best tour of space you can get without a pair of jet powered, solar-roller skates!

End Communication–

Orion

ECHOED IN THE WELLS OF SATURN

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
Thunder Strikes from Saturn via the Matrix

Thunder Strikes from Saturn via "the Matrix"

If thunder strikes on Saturn, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The answer: Yes!

Check out “Space Audio”, brought to you by the University of Iowa, to hear what it sounds like, as well as other cool sounds from around the galaxy.

If you ask me, I believe U of I satellites overheard Saturn and her friends having a girlactic popcorn party. We are still awaiting confirmation from Saturn, but she is too busy spinnin’ funky planetary beats.

End Communication—

Orion

She loves her popcorn!

She loves her popcorn!


TOLD YOU SO!

Friday, February 5th, 2010

fr_mw_postcards_11plPluto doesn’t need CNN.com to tell her that she is “not simply a ball of ice and rock.”

In 2006 a group of international scientists took Pluto’s planet status away from her saying she was too small and distant to be apart of our Solar System. But now new pictures, taken by the Hubble Telescope, show that there is more to this dwarf planet than meets the eye. Check out her new “glamour shots” taken just before Pluto goes on her 248- year orbit around the Sun.

And please note: planet or dwarf planet, Pluto doesn’t care. She is happy with who she is regardless of what a group of “international scientists” has to think about her.

End Communication–

Orion

Yes, boys and girls, this is Pluto!

Yes, boys and girls, this is Pluto!

Space is GORGEOUS!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Check out these phenomenal pictures from the newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope!!

Via Cnet News

NASA scientists showed off spectacular new pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope Wednesday, a stunning gallery of remote galaxies, a stellar nursery, an enormous globular cluster packed with countless pinpoint stars, and a dying sun blowing off its outer atmosphere in butterfly-like wings of debris.

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More amazing pics after the jump!

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BEEEAAAAARS IIIIIIIN SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!!!

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Apparently, those crazy Brits are using clever and engaging ideas to get kids interested in science— WHAT ARE THEY THINKING????

Read all about it here!

Over and out,
Mother Earth

Jupiter and Venus cheer up The Moon!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008


It took a trip to Australia, but Venus and Jupiter managed to make The Moon smile!! Last night in Australian skies, planets Venus and Jupiter hovered just above the crescent Moon creating a smiley face that won’t be seen again until 2036!! Some people referred to the event as a big group hug– awwwww!!!

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Pics of New Planets???!!!

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The box shows a planet orbiting the star Fomalhaut. The dot shows the star’s location.

“CNN-The first-ever pictures of planets outside the solar system have been released in two studies.

Using the latest techniques in space technology, astronomers at NASA and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used direct-imaging techniques to capture pictures of four newly discovered planets orbiting stars outside our solar system.

“After all these years, it’s amazing to have a picture showing not one but three planets,” said physicist Bruce Macintosh of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

“The discovery of the HR8799 system is a crucial step on the road to the ultimate detection of another Earth,” he said.

None of the planets is remotely habitable, scientists said.” READ MORE

This Gemini Observatory image shows the three planets (b, c and d) orbiting the star HR8799.

Cool, huh?!!!

Over and out,
Mother Earth

You’ve been "Plutoed"

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

I know, I know, it’s been a whole MONTH since the last post. I could go into the whole “holidays-busy-blah-blah-blah” speech, but on top of that, much has happened in Galaxy Girl land (been to China and back, Minnesota and back, New York and back, talking to people, dealing with others, yadda yadda yadda…) unfortunately none of it involves any art I can post for all you earthlings.

So in the meantime, check out this interesting article. Pluto just can’t stay out of the spotlight! Perhaps her demotion was a GOOD thing for her (hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge….)

Over and out,
Mother Earth

Pluto gets a number, UB313 gets a name

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Prepare for the greatest tantrum the universe has ever known!!! Pluto has just been re-named “asteroid number 134340.” Strangely, though Pluto was demoted to a number, fellow dwarf planet UB313 has been officially named “Eris” after the goddess of discard and strife. In other words, CHAOS!!!

This should lead to interesting things……

Read the article from National Geographic.

All I gotta say is the International Astronomical Union better watch their backs.

Over and out,
Mother Earth