Superimposed image of the Milky Way and Australian Aboriginal engraving of 'The Emu In The Sky' (Barnaby Norris) Scientific illustration has a long and noble history, from ancient depictions of celestial forms to Leonardo Da Vinci's extraordinary drawings of anatomy and invention, to the latest computer-generated animation splashed across CNN or - perhaps with more reflective thought - the cinematic screens of the world's great science museums...
On a moon, far, far away... One of the biggest thrills of exoplanetary science is seeing how it combines the new and the old, with every discovery bringing startling perspective on the nature of our own very familiar solar system...
To catch a neutrino (MINOS) For a ghostly type of particle, oblivious to even the massive bulk of a star or planet, neutrinos sure can generate a fuss.
Ghosts in the aether (CERN) The past 24 hours have suddenly been awash in neutrinos, in addition to the 65 billion passing through every square centimeter of your skin every second from the Sun's core...
Deep, deep beneath the ocean waves (USGS/NOAA) Well, ok, perhaps it's not life really in liquid carbon dioxide, but as you'll see it's pretty close.
An imagined habitable planet (Credit ESO/M. Kornmesser) In 1964 Stephen Dole published a hundred and seventy-four page document for a US Air Force project at the RAND corporation in Santa Monica, California...
This extraordinary excerpt is from an upcoming Imax movie that uses Cassini orbiter imagery (NO computer generated images) to create some stunning flybys and flythroughs of the Saturnian system...
Deserving of a quick post is a series of extraordinary time-lapse movies showing the complex motion of jets of matter expelled from baby-stars. Followed for more than ten years by the Hubble Space Telescope these systems are some 1,300 light years from us...
Not an exoplanet - but the same principle: Venus transiting the Sun as seen in optical and ultraviolet wavelengths by the TRACE spacecraft (NASA/LMSAL) The first exoplanet discovered around a normal star in 1995 was anything but normal in comparison to our own solar system...
Back in February 2011 the Sun underwent a so-called X class solar flare event, prompting the following Life, Unbounded post. I thought I'd bring it out to air again in light of the solar flare events happening right now, and the potential for some disruption of our Earthly activities...
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