I haven’t posted any computer-y delights in a while, so feast your eyes on these up-to-128px desktop icons! The set is called “Astral Bodies” and I can’t find a link for it (the creator, Sean Liew, doesn’t seem to do this sort of thing anymore), so here, have yourself a ZIP file (1.17 Mb.) They are for Mac (I’m using 10.4); no idea if they will work for Windows. Edit: Here is a Windows .ICO version, courtesy of John @ Terrazoom. Thanks!
Archives for June 2010
Two gorgeous views of the Moon from the ISS, one from Expedition 15 (top), the other from a week ago (bottom.) As an aside, I went out for the first time (intentionally) looking for the ISS this weekend, and saw it twice! It was much brighter than normal (so SpaceWeather.com told me) and was quite easy to spot. Sunday night, it was about the brightness (in my unschooled opinion) of Venus, cutting across the twilight sky. Very beautiful.
This emission nebula is located in the constellation of Sagittarius. It lies at a distance of 4000-6000 light years and has the dimensions of 110 light years by 70 light years. The nebula has a number of areas known as Bok globules. These are areas that are collapsing and likely to produce new solar systems in millions of years time.
I love space jewelry, especially meteorite pieces with good Widmanstätten patterns (I like the fine kind, not the coarse stuff.) These beautiful seamless rings are custom-cut from a solid piece of meteorite, and they look fantastic. I would definitely wear one!
The shiny! The shiny! We wants it, precious!! Space Gems™ also has some beautiful pallasite pieces, another of my favorite meteorite forms. Why is it I always like the expensive thing? Blah.
This was a recent NASA Image of the Day — I love the colors, and the nostalgia…. Soon I’ll be nostalgic over the shuttle program, and that makes me a bit ill. In the same way I marvel over bits of shuttle being hoisted here and there in the VAB, I’m amazed to see chunks of rocket in the air like this. I know they have to assemble themselves somehow, it’s just still… amazing to me, to see such big pieces of hardware lifted up. I’m amazed by skyscrapers too, fwiw.
This image from 1967 shows the S-II stage of the Saturn V rocket as it was hoisted onto the A-2 test stand at the Mississippi Test Facility (now the Stennis Space Center). This was the second stage of the 364-foot tall moon rocket, which was powered by five J-2 engines.