1. Life in the Void… A Planet-Hunting Timeline, Enhanced Search Methods, and the Possible Discovery of Earth’s Cousin.

    Important Update:  So this article was originally supposed to be about a new instrument that could aid in our search for Earth-like worlds beyond our own solar system.

  3. earthstory:

    Up Up and Away!

    This gorgeous long exposure photo shows the flight path of the spaceflyers’ Soyuz TMA-12M rocket.

    The rocket, headed for the International Space Station, launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. On board was NASA astronaut Steven Swanson as well as two Russian cosmonauts: Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev. The trio will spend the next 6 months working in space.


    Photo courtesy of NASA

    (via the-actual-universe)


  5. fer1972:

    The Buzludzha Communist Party Monument In Bulgaria photographed by Djordje Boskovic

    (via goodideaexchange)

  6. devidsketchbook:

    Line Segments Space

    Installation by Kimchi and Chips features a polygon web of nylon strips, projected on to great effect - video embedded below:

    An architectural web of threads subtends a null space. It hangs abstract and undefined, a set of thin positive elements segmenting the dark negative space between. Dynamic imaginary forms are articulated into the physical volume by the material of this thread, and the semi-material of the light. The visual gravity of the filaments occupying the space between.

    A 2D canvas is reduced from a surface piece into a line segment, but then constructed into another dimension, a volume. Light creates contrast and order on the lines to articulate digital matter. Digital forms inhabit the interconnected boundaries of space, moulding visual mass,

    The artists reference Picasso’s light painting, and Reticuláreas of Gego who’s work offers a contemplation of the material and immaterial, time and space, origin and encounter and art and technology.

    You can find out more at Kimchi and Chips’ website here

    [ via: prostheticknowledge ]

  7. soup-of-things:

    NASA’s prettiest spaceship design yet

    Working in conjunction with a space-based telescope, the starshade is able to position itself precisely between the telescope and the star that’s being observed, and can block the starlight before it even reaches the telescope’s mirrors.
    With the starlight suppressed, light coming from exoplanets orbiting the star would be visible. Using this technology, astronomers would be able to take actual pictures of exoplanets—images that could provide clues as to whether such worlds could support life as we know it.

    (Source: Gizmodo, via the-actual-universe)

  8. devidsketchbook:


    Artist / illustrator Sergio Guillen (behance / facebook)

    (Digital drawing and watercolor)

  9. the-actual-universe:

    Cosmic Pizza Anyone?

    What sometimes appears a cosmic pizza in photos, covered in cheese, olives and tomatoes is actually Jupiter’s third largest moon, Io. First discovered in 1610 by Galileo, Io is the most active volcanic body in the solar system. Io ‘s unusual surface is constantly changing due to intense tidal forces from Jupiter, powering the moon’s very active volcanoes. These forces are so strong, they force Io’s surface to swell as much as 100 meters (330 feet) high! To put this into perspective, the greatest distance between low tide and high tide here on Earth is roughly 18 meters (60 feet)! 

    Due to the abundance of volcanic activity, Io’s surface is constantly changing. The composition of each new layer of liquid rock is still unclear; however, theories predict it is predominately sulfur or silicate rock – accounting for the pizza-like appearance and high temperatures. Io is also predicted to contain an iron core and thus its own magnetic field. Acting as an electric generator, Io is capable of producing an electric current of three million amperes and is responsible for causing lightning storms in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere as it orbits the gas giant. 

    The stunning image we see here was captured in 1999 by the Galileo space probe.


    Image & Source Credit: NASA/JPL/Galileo Project

    (Source: facebook.com)

  10. beautifulmars:

    Formations in Sinai Planum

    (Source: uahirise.org)