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If the Moon Crashed into the Earth

If the Moon Crashed into the Earth

Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall envisions what might happen if the Moon came out of its orbit and crashed into the Earth. Kurzegesagt takes a more scientific approach, and explains what might happen if the moon gradually got closer to the Earth, and the big problems we’d experience long before the Moon ever got here.

G-SHOCK GM2100MG-1A “The Moon” Watch

G-SHOCK GM2100MG-1A “The Moon” Watch
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Inspired by the bumpy lunar surface, this analog-digital watch is one of the boldest G-SHOCKs we’ve seen in a while. Its forged bezel, vapor-deposited dial, metal band ring, and buckle are all gold ion-plated, and its caseback has an engraved moon design. We only wish the rocket packaging was available in the U.S.

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LEGO Orrery

LEGO Orrery

LEGO builder marian519 built this mechanical contraption inspired by a vintage mechanical clockwork. As its crank is turned, it demonstrates the rotational relationships between the Earth, Sun, and Moon. The instructions and parts list for the 2305-piece, 70-gear model are available for purchase on Rebrickable.

Throwing a Ball on Other Planets

Throwing a Ball on Other Planets

Have you ever wondered how the gravity on different planets might affect your ability to throw a ball? Dr. James O’Donoghue created this infographic that explores how far and high you could toss a ball, assuming no air resistance. Basically, on Mars, Mercury, and Pluto, you could hit a home run without a baseball bat.

Lunar Wall Lamp

Lunar Wall Lamp
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Bring the moon indoors with this high-definition print of the lunar surface, encircled by LED lighting. It’s made from titanium magnesium alloy and acrylic and measures 24″ across, and its light can be set to warm and cool color temperatures. Available through 12.30.21 from Touch of Modern. They also sell a 14″ version.

Maybe We Shouldn’t Search for Aliens

Maybe We Shouldn’t Search for Aliens

While we’ve never found evidence of intelligent life outside of our planet, scientists hold out hope that someday we might. Kurzgesagt looks at one particularly dark theory that says other civilizations could be out there and intentionally hiding, ready to eradicate us at the first sign of contact.

Music Solar System Prints

Music Solar System Prints
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Pop art house Dorothy created these prints that celebrate electronic and alternative music. At the center of each solar system is a band that changed everything, encircled by planets and moons representing musicians caught in their gravitational pull. Each print measures 40cm x 50cm. Price show is for the 2-poster bundle.

Jumbo Planet Puzzles

Jumbo Planet Puzzles
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Celebrate your love for our planet and our neighbors in space with these oversize puzzles from Chronicle Books. Measuring 2.5 feet in diameter, the kid-friendly 100-piece puzzles feature beautiful satellite images captured by NASA of the Earth, Mercury, Mars, and our moon.

CIGA Design U Series Black Hole Watch

CIGA Design U Series Black Hole Watch

This modern wristwatch has a design inspired by space exploration and black holes. Its deep case provides room for a floating movement and curved hands, while a concave sapphire crystal completes its look. It’s driven by a Seiko NH05 movement with a 40-hour power reserve. Available in stainless or titanium.

The Astronomy Book

The Astronomy Book
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Part of DK’s Big Ideas Simply Explained series, The Astronomy Book is a great way to learn about a typically dense subject. The book explores the history of astronomy, space exploration, and the concepts surrounding astrophysics in terms that anyone can understand.

Mezmocoin Galactic

Mezmocoin Galactic

This new variant of the awesomely spinny Mezmocoin adds a colorful image to its top. The precision-machined discs spin smoothly for up to 12 minutes and fascinate the eyes with their holographic images of galaxies set beneath a clear resin dome.

Oros x Fred Gregory C41 Flight Jacket

Oros x Fred Gregory C41 Flight Jacket
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This limited-edition lightweight jacket is named for NASA’s Space Launch Complex 41. It has a waterproof, stretch-woven shell with a zero-bulk insulation layer to help you keep warm on chilly morning jogs. Features include an insulated kangaroo hand pocket, an exterior zipper pocket, thumb-loop cuffs, and an integrated hood.

Decommissioned

Decommissioned

In 2006, astronauts aboard the ISS fitted a decommissioned Russian spacesuit with a radio transmitter and jettisoned it into orbit. SuitSat-1 eventually re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and is presumed to have burned up. But Josh Tanner and Jade van der Lei’s sci-fi horror short film offers a much creepier take on the suit’s fate.

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How Our Galaxy Will Become a Prison

How Our Galaxy Will Become a Prison

In this short science fiction story, Pursuit of Wonder imagines what our distant future might look like when galaxies have moved so far away from each other that the rest of the universe no longer appears to exist. It’s a fascinating philosophical exploration of history and how time and perspective can change everything.

8 Hours of Floating in Space

8 Hours of Floating in Space

Motion designer VISUALDON created this hypnotic and soothing video of a NASA astronaut floating in an ocean that looks like a liquid manifestation of space. Whenever we see a video this long, all we can think of is how long it took for YouTube to encode it.

Cosmos Kitchen Knives

Cosmos Kitchen Knives
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Take a journey into space without ever leaving your kitchen. These vibrant and unique knives come printed with long-wearing, food-safe images of the cosmos. They have stainless steel blades and feature color-coordinated ergonomic grip handles. Sold as a set of six.

If You Fired a Gun in Space

If You Fired a Gun in Space

Imagine for a moment that humans have started to colonize space. Just like here on Earth, conflicts are likely to arise, and weapons may be drawn. The Infographics Show explores the physics at work in an outer space battle and how guns and bullets might work on asteroids, planets, and in the void of space.

Humankind Moon Landing Commercial

Humankind Moon Landing Commercial

We couldn’t help but think of the Apple TV+ series For All Mankind when we saw this excellent commercial featuring two astronauts competing to be first to plant their nation’s flag on the Moon. The spot was directed by Edouard Salier for Wanda to promote SEGA’s civilization-building game Humankind.

Stained Glass Moon Suncatcher

Stained Glass Moon Suncatcher
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Hailing from Vladivostok, Russia, Art Brothers Glass makes some incredible stained glass pieces. One of their more modest works is this colorful suncatcher of the moon with a trio of astronauts (or cosmonauts) and a satellite dangling below. Each 8.9″ x 7″ piece is handmade, so expect subtle differences.

How Big Are Black Holes?

How Big Are Black Holes?

After Kurzgesagt schooled us on how black holes work, we’re ready for some serious space exploration. In this video, the explain the relative sizes of these planet-eating phenomena, from coin-sized primordial black holes to city-sized stellar black holes to our favorite Muse song, Supermassive Black Hole… and beyond.

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Cosmic Diner Collection

Cosmic Diner Collection
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Send your dining table to space with this collection of plates, placemats, utensils, and display pieces from Seletti and Diesel Living. The porcelain plates come in soup, dinner, and tray sizes, each featuring a different planet or moon. Accessories include rocket candleholders, meteorite glasses, and astronaut bud vases.

Planetary Escape Velocities

Planetary Escape Velocities

Now that we know how slowly objects fall on various planets, learn how fast you’d need to be moving to escape those same planets in a rocket. Dr. James O’Donoghue’s animated infographic might seem counterintuitive at first, but you can escape planets with larger masses faster because your velocity would be higher.

Flying Past Ganymede and Jupiter

Flying Past Ganymede and Jupiter

From June 7-8,2021, NASA flew its Juno spacecraft close to Jupiter’s icy moon Ganymede, then proceeded to perform its 34th flyby of Jupiter. We now can see what an astronaut might have seen along that trajectory, using images captured by Juno projected onto a digital sphere and the addition of intermediate frames.

Gravity on Different Planets

Gravity on Different Planets

Just how different are the gravitational forces on the planets in our solar system? Planetary scientist Dr. James O’Donoghue provides a great visual that compares the speed of a ball being dropped from 1 km onto each planet, as well as the sun, moon, and the asteroid Ceres where things take a really, really long time to fall.

Burning Up a Satellite

Burning Up a Satellite

When space junk falls towards Earth, it’s supposed to burn up in the atmosphere. This video from the ESA simulates the conditions of re-entry on a satellite’s solar array plasma wind tunnel. Satellite operators are required to minimize the risk of casualties from falling debris, and this kind of testing can help reduce such risks.

Swatch x NASA Big Bold Watches

Swatch x NASA Big Bold Watches
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The Swatch Space Collection features watches inspired by America’s space program. Launch comes in flight suit orange while Extravehicular is a patriotic white with red and blue accents. Both have a bioceramic case, a silicone strap, and a large multifunction dial. We also like the simpler blue and white Jumpsuit.

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