A beautiful way to get a sense of your place in the universe, this Laser Etched Milky Way Galaxy sparkles in 3-D on an LED stand. According to ThinkGeek, “scale is about 35,000 lightyears to the inch”, too small for the central black hole to be shown.
Archives for February 2007
Postcards From Mars: The First Photographer on the Red Planet is another amazing book I look forward to having on my shelf. The author is the lead scientist for the color imaging from Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and has this to say in the preface:
My goal in this book is to share the beauty, desolation, grandeur, and sometimes plain old alien strangeness of the [fourth planet from the Sun] Mars, that has been revealed to us through the [Mars Exploratory] Rover [MER] cameras. In editing the enormous number of photographs we’ve taken down to 150 or so [of the best images] included here, I chose images that were representative of different phases of each rover’s journey, and of major scientific successes (or occasionally disappointments) along the way. I’ve included some of the history and the stories behind the [MER] mission [in the text that accompanies the images] and the pictures as well.
Definitely one to pick up, if only to thumb through as you read The Martian Chronicles.
The Telegraph reported Tuesday that Sir Patrick Moore, host of the BBC program The Sky at Night, was honored with Royal Mail stamps, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the show. The Sky at Night is the longest-running program in the world to still feature its original host. Moore selected the six astronomical objects featured on the stamps.
“I feel deeply honoured. I would like to think that we have played a part in introducing astronomy to people who would otherwise have paid no real attention to the heavens. Many years hence, philatelists will still be admiring these stamps paying tribute, not to me, but to The Sky At Night.” — Sir Patrick Moore
(Found via Centauri Dreams. I bought the above FDC on eBay from 1 Stop Stamp Shop, and the seller was most pleasant to deal with. He has a dozen or so variations of this stamp release, selling fast if you want some!)
I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day go by without showing off what my lovely husband found for me yesterday: Space Mates valentines by Punch Studio of Culver City, CA. (Sadly they only sell to retail businesses.) So cute, so retro, I’d love to know more about the artwork itself, whether it’s a reproduction or just something styled on the illustrations of old… extremely cute, at any rate! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Nothing packs quite the punch of a spectacular image from space, and Saturn: A New View is chock full of them. Featuring some of the very newest Cassini images, I can’t wait to pick this up. I always find new inspiration when thumbing through books like this!