Posts Tagged 'NASA'

The Entire Universe

In what has been called a “cartographic masterpiece” Pablo Carlos Budassi has combined several images from NASA telescopes with logarithmic maps developed by the astronomers at Princeton to produce this staggering image.

Yes, that’s right.  That is the *entire* universe.  In one single image.

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Click the image to enlarge and zoom in all its 4200 x 4200 pixel glory, or view it at Wikimedia here.

Logarithmic maps (similar to their namesake scales on graphs) manage huge areas as they decrease in scale as you move outwards from the centre of the image, meaning that Earth in the middle here is shown at a considerably larger scale than the outer realms of the universe.

Feel small much?

 

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Solar Dynamics Observatory

It’s been a little while since my last post but fear not, I’m still here.

In order to make the wait worthwhile my first post in almost a fortnight has to be something spectacular and hopefully you will agree that this delivers.

As of February 11th 2015 NASA‘s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been in space for five years, giving us unprecedented insights into behaviour on the sun.

the constant ballet of solar material through the sun’s atmosphere, the corona

The past year has given this incredible footage (you shouldn’t need reminding to watch this full screen).

To mark this significant milestone NASA have also put together a five year timelapse of the sun.  Yes, five years!  I’ve seen many a timelapse taken over a few minutes or even days, but years?  Wow.

This is one image taken every 8 hours from 2010 to 2015 to celebrate five years in space for the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Truly amazing stuff.

 giant clouds of solar material hurled out into space, the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona, and huge sunspots growing and shrinking on the sun’s surface

Watch videos from the other individual years along with loads more information here.

 

Gigapixels Of Andromeda

On the 5th of January the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope released a ground-breaking image of the Andromeda Galaxy.  It is the biggest and highest resolution image ever taken of Andromeda.  That’s a big deal because it is the closest spiral galaxy to our own, the Milky Way.

The image is 69,536 x 22,230 pixels, a total of 1.5 billion pixels requiring 4.3GB of disk space!

Each dot of light in the image represents one of the Andromeda’s one trillion stars spanning over 40,000 light years.

Though that barely scratches the surface of what I’m sure will one day be an even larger picture – Andromeda is only one of the 200 billion galaxies (that we know about!) in the universe.

Wow.  Just wow.  Makes you feel kind of small, doesn’t it?

Via IFLS.

01 April 2013

As is becoming tradition on Inspirational Geek it’s that time of year again where we take a look back at some of the more creative April Fools’ Day pranks that may (or may not) have had you fooled.

More and more companies are having a go at executing some seemingly legitimate ideas, most are pointless or silly, but more often than not you will need a couple of moments to think if it can really be real (before noticing the date!).

From Nasa’s plan to “bag an asteroid“, The Whitehouse’s special message from the president, some frankly awful Photoshop-ing to turn The Shard into The Shlide, and Netflix’s implausibly specific categories, here are some of my favourites from yesterday.

Google Treasure Maps
Building on the success of last year’s 8-bit maps we now have Treasure Mode within Google Maps.  Try and decipher the clues and uncover the secrets of Captain Kidd’s long lost treasure map – if you can!

Sony Animalia
A range of technology specifically designed for pets.  Obviously.  Products such as the “K9 4K TV” and “M3-OW KittyCans”, so cats and dogs can relax and enjoy technology away from their owners!

This sort of idea probably isn’t too far into the future, but I very much doubt that the products will come from Sony when (if) it does emerge!

Twttr
Announced on their blog, Twitter claimed to be launching Twttr.  The 140-character limit is set to become even more precious as a new tiered service is set to start charging for vowels (y is still free!) at $5/month.  By eliminating vowels, they aim to “encourage a more efficient and “dense” form of communication”.

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YouTube Winner
After last year’s opportunity to buy YouTube on DVD the announcement came that YouTube.com will “no longer be accepting entries”.  Entries? I hear you ask.  Yes, turns out the past 8 years worth of uploads have actually been part of a best video competition and the time has now come “to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner.”  The proud winner will be announced when YouTube comes back online – in 2023!

Virgin Glass Bottom Plane
Richard Branson announced a world first from Virgin – the glass bottom plane!  An “aviation breakthrough which has been years in the making” as one of Virgin’s top-secret projects is now available to allow passengers a “special opportunity to look down on the beautiful scenery of Great Britain as they fly”.

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Bizarrely this scheme has attracted a number of negative comments and criticism for the feasibility of such an idea!  For me, however, that is part of the fun and notion behind an April Fools’ prank.  I guess it just proves you’ll always get some negativity whatever fun you try and have!

Vimeow
Video-centric social networking site Vimeo have never been one for the fleeting trends of the internet, instead defiantly remaining as the well-designed, high-quality video upload and sharing website of choice.  However, it seems that the rising popularity of cats on the internet has forced their hand in now creating Vimeow.

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With the forum rebranded as the Litterbox, and video appreciations measured in Tummyrubs and Purrks it is hard to see why they waited this long to launch.

Skinny Skinny Jeans
With regular skinny jeans no longer trendy enough, American Eagle have come up with their super skinny “Skinny Skinny” spray on jeans.  Available in two shades for even the most fashion-conscious cool kids.

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And my absolute favourite:

Google Nose
Google Nose launched in Beta as the new scentsation in search.

Smelling is believing

Go beyond the more traditional search senses of typing, talking, and touching, and get sniffing the Aromabase of over 15million scentibytes.


Here’s to even more creative ideas next year!

Earth From Space

Earth from space.  Quite staggeringly beautiful.

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions 28 and 29 onboard the International Space Station earlier this year.  The photos have been collated into this video and refurbished in HD quality, but all image quality and colour is as per the original image capture.

Stunning stuff.


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