Space

“Impossible” Planets

“Impossible” Planets

RealLifeLore talks about interesting or bizarre phenomena and conditions on other planets – and a moon – in our universe. There’s a planet where objects have two shadows, one that rains glass at terrifying speeds, and more.

Is The Universe Finite?

Is The Universe Finite?

There’s a lot of debate as to whether the universe goes on and on forever, or if you kept going, you’d eventually reach its edge. PBS Space Time digs into this astrophysics quandary. Whether the universe is geographically-flat and infinite, or it curves in on itself, it’s still more enormous than most of us can fathom.

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Planetary Panoramas 4K

Planetary Panoramas 4K

A while back, Vincent Brady created an otherworldly time-lapse video featuring night skies captured via a special 4-camera rig. He since remastered the clip in 4K, added new effects, and improved its visual fidelity. Be sure to check out the 360º/VR companion piece.

The World Below

The World Below

Photographer and filmmaker Bruce W. Berry Jr. collected and cleaned up video and time-lapse footage captured by astronauts on-board the International Space Station to give us this stunning short film that provides a glimpse of our planet from the vantage point of space.

Rocket Size Comparison

Rocket Size Comparison

After offering up a size shootout between Star Wars spacecraft, MetaBallStudios decided to do the same with some real world rockets and spaceships, from the diminutive 42 foot Black Arrow to the ginormous Saturn V, which was over 360 feet tall. They should have included some model rockets for comparison.

Retro Rocket Wall Clock

Retro Rocket Wall Clock

This cast aluminum wall clock is perfect for anyone who loves space, rockets, or classic sci-fi. The pointy metal rocketship looks like it’s straight out of an H.G. Wells story. It features an analog dial with brass details, and can be hung at any angle thanks to a rotating hanger on the back. It measures 17″ long from tip to tail.

Live Beyond: Chapter 1

Live Beyond: Chapter 1

We know John D. Boswell aka Melodysheep best for his awesome musical mashups, but he is also fascinated with science. The first episode of his series “Live Beyond” explores the origins of life and humanity’s place in the universe, while further episodes will dig into the potential for life beyond our world.

Hollywood Went to the Moon First

Hollywood Went to the Moon First

Roughly 50 years ago, NASA landed the first humans ever on the moon. But prior to the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Hollywood took us there thanks to a heaping helping of creativity and movie magic. The Royal Ocean Film Society looks back at some of these early science fiction films.

What’s a Skyhook?

What’s a Skyhook?

Sending cargo and ships into space is extremely expensive and resource-intensive. But there’s an idea that’s been bandied about that would use endlessly-moving tethers to catapult ships into space from Earth’s orbit. Kurzgesagt explains how this relatively simple concept could dramatically improve space travel.

Illuminated Milky Way Orb

Illuminated Milky Way Orb

This beautifully-crafted desktop sculpture features a precision laser-etched map of the Milky Way, using data captured by the ESA’s Gaia mission. Its 5068 stars look particularly stellar when set on the LED-illuminated base, which projects its light into the heart of our galaxy. Measures 3″ in diameter, and runs on AAA batteries.

What’s a Neutron Star?

What’s a Neutron Star?

If you find space science fascinating, check out this clip from Kurzgesagt, in which they explain how neutron stars work. These phenomena may only be a few kilometers in diameter, but have an insanely dense atomic nucleus and powerful gravity, thanks to their origins as massive stars which have collapsed and gone supernova.

What If Earth Had a Second Moon?

What If Earth Had a Second Moon?

The Earth’s lone moon is very important to the way the world works, affecting everything from the ocean tides, to the regularity of our seasons and the length of our days. But what would happen if another similar asteroid got pulled into the Earth’s orbit? SciShow explores some of the potentially serious implications.

Wood Rocket Nightlights

Wood Rocket Nightlights

While these wooden nightlights are designed for a space-themed kid’s room or nursery, we think they’d look great on any desk, dresser, or bedside table. Artist Sara Collet Watson sells these and many other cool nightlights in her Etsy shop. Sold with a curved outer skin, or with an open skeletal structure.

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Planetary Speed Comparison

Planetary Speed Comparison

If you spent any time paying attention in class, you’d know that every planet spins at a different speed. Scientist and data geek James O’Donaghue put together this nifty visualisation that shows the the relative speed and axial tilt of our Solar System’s planets (and Pluto). We had no idea Jupiter was such a speed demon.

Moon Rugs

Moon Rugs

Take a walk on the surface of the moon – without leaving your living room or bedroom. These fun circular carpets feature a printed image of the moon on a high-density Polyester fiber pile. It’s comes in sizes from 60cm (~2′) to 180cm (~5’9″), in grey or blue. The Earth is also available in rug form.

Which Planet is Closest?

Which Planet is Closest?

We all learned the positions of the planets from some chart on the wall in grade school. But as CGP Grey reminds us, planets rotate in elliptical orbits at varying speeds around the sun, meaning that the answer isn’t quite as simple as you thought – depending on the question you’re actually asking.

Full Moon Silver Coins

Full Moon Silver Coins

Put the moon in the palm of your hand with Shire Post Mint’s lovely lunar memento. Each coin features engraved detail of the near and far sides of the moon, struck into solid 999 fine silver. Available in 1″ (.25 troy oz.) and 1.5″ (1 troy oz.) sizes. Why can’t real currency look this awesome?

Space Is Hard

Space Is Hard

As NASA prepares to return to the Moon in 2024 – then on to Mars and beyond – they remind us that there is nothing easy about launching a rocket and safely delivering its crew, and the inherent risks that go with the great rewards of space exploration. They also revealed the new spacesuits the Artemis program astronauts will wear.

One Giant Leap for Halftime Shows

One Giant Leap for Halftime Shows

The Ohio State Marching Band sure knows how to put on a show. To celebrate 50 years since humans first landed on the Moon, they marched in formations inspired by the great space race of the 1950s and 1960s, and even recreated the Apollo 11 launch with help from a few fire extinguishers.

Earth and Space Coloring Book

Earth and Space Coloring Book

Want a real coloring challenge? Grab this book which features 35 amazing full-color images captured by NASA, side-by-side with coloring outlines based on the photos. Grab a set of two-tone space colored pencils and you’ve got a great gift for any astronomy fan.

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Star Size Comparison

Star Size Comparison

Don’t feel small and insignificant enough today? Here, watch this. 3D graphics expert Álvaro Gracia Montoya of MetaBallStudio puts the size of the Earth and our Sun into perspective alongside some of the other stars and planets in the universe.

How to Make a Moon

How to Make a Moon

Want a cool replica of the moon for your desk? Check out this clip from How to, who shows us how you can use a plastic sphere, candle wax, sandpaper, and paint to cast and sculpt a nifty, textured lunar model. We suppose if you stuck a wick in it, you could make a moon candle.

NASA’s Guide to Black Hole Safety

NASA’s Guide to Black Hole Safety

After seeing the Disney flick The Black Hole, we already were pretty cautious about visiting such an astrophysics phenomenon. But this clip from NASA Goddard provides some much more scientific reasons you’d never want to get close to one.

SVPER 11 Moon Landing Watch

SVPER 11 Moon Landing Watch

Inspired by the Apollo 11 moon landing, the SVPER 11 features a face with a stylized lunar map. Its design features topographic details of the astronauts’ landing site, The Sea of Tranquility, along with a “radar” second hand, a domed sapphire crystal, and a strap with the landing coordinates laser-etched onto its clasp.

SpaceX Starhopper Test Flight

SpaceX Starhopper Test Flight

SpaceX continues to refine its reusable rocket, showing off a test where the Starhopper used its SN6 Raptor engine to launch nearly 500 feet into the air, then navigate over a landing pad, and touch down smoothly and in one piece. The company now hopes to apply the same tech to larger rockets.

Kerbal Space Program 2 (Trailer)

Kerbal Space Program 2 (Trailer)

The cinematic trailer for the interstellar follow-up to the popular space sandbox game Kerbal Space Program doesn’t show any gameplay, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome, as Kerbals race through space backed by M83’s epic Outro. For more on the game’s new features go here, and learn more from the developers.

Astronaut Mugs

Astronaut Mugs

Filling up an actual astronaut’s helmet with hot coffee sounds like a terrible idea. But these ceramic astronaut mugs make a bit more sense for your morning cuppa. Each one looks like a bubble-shaped helmet, complete with a shiny visor and handle in gold, black, or silver.

Pinned Up Corkboard Set

Pinned Up Corkboard Set

Too many sticky notes sprawled all over your desk? Keep your personal space organized with Fred’s moon-shaped corkboard and pin set. Each of its six pushpins look like tiny astronauts as they float above the lunar surface. Measures 7″ in diameter.

What If We Destroyed the Moon?

What If We Destroyed the Moon?

No, we don’t actually have the capability (yet). But here are the major things that would happen if we somehow destroyed or lost the Moon, courtesy of RealLifeLore. Good news, we’d see more stars at night. Bad news, the polar ice caps would eventually melt.

Stellar Nurseries

Stellar Nurseries

The eye-popping visuals in Teun van der Zalm’s short film were inspired by a term astrophysicist Carl Sagan coined. “…a place where stars are born. They condense by gravity from gas and dust until their temperatures become so high that they begin to shine.”

Apollo Launch Projection Mapping

Apollo Launch Projection Mapping

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the talented visual artists of 59 Productions created an incredible projection mapping on the Washington Monument that replicated the launch of the Saturn V rocket and its mission to the moon. Drew Geraci of District 7 Media shared this pristine 4K footage of the event.

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