Awesome 5-star solar system with two contacting pairs found


Will you live long enough to watch the setting suns?

"This is a truly exotic star system. In principle there's no reason why it couldn't have planets in orbit around each of the pairs of stars. Any inhabitants would have a sky that would put the makers of Star Wars to shame," Dr Lohr said. "There could sometimes be no fewer than five Suns of different brightnesses lighting up the landscape."

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Time-lapse: 11 years of the Opportunity Mars Rover's collision-avoidance camera

The brave little robot's covered 42.2km on its suicide mission to the Red Planet; this footage spans Jan 2004 to Apr 2015. (Thanks, Robbo!)

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Epic photo of the International Space Station passing in front of the moon

A stunning capture of the ISS in front of Earth's moon, by Dylan O'Donnell.

Jack Fusco's remarkable night photography


Night photography specialist Jack Fusco has a special love for framing his images of the Milky Way using sea caves, like this one in Malibu. Read the rest

New York from space towel

From Schönstaub, who make the amazing sized-to-order celestial rugs, comes the NYC from space beach-towel. Read the rest

Fascinating guide to antique space maps (Also, the Earth is square)


Above, a map of the "Square and Stationary Earth" (1893) by a Professor Orlando Ferguson of Hot Springs, South Dakota. Read the rest

Magna Carta of Space (1966), new laws for the final frontier


In 1966, only five years after the first human went to space, aviation lawyer William A. Hyman published the Magna Carta of Space, a serious text proposing a new kind of Space Law. From the British Library:

As outer space exploration was unprecedented, it was unclear what issues lawyers might face when legislating for the ‘final frontier’ and what, if any, jurisdiction they had for imposing an intergalactic law code. Furthermore, as so little was known about space, it was largely up to the legislators’ imagination as to what might be legislated for, forcing them to consider unique questions in the history of jurisprudence.

* Do aliens have legal rights? * Who owns the stars, planets and moons? * Where does Space begin and a nation’s airspace end? * What is the role of private industry in Space? *Who will allocate radio frequencies and set standard time?...

Hyman’s book explicitly attempted to restrict the misuse of Space by belligerent nations, with articles 7 and 19 making provisions to ban ‘nuclear experiments in Outer Space’ and the prosecution of ‘War, in, by, or through space … forever’. As Hyman stated in his introduction, it was his expressed wish to create a Magna Carta of Space that was so ‘powerful’ it would ‘compel the proper use of space --- for peace’.

Magna Carta of Space (Amazon)

See more at "Space: The Final Frontier" (British Library, via @arielwaldman)

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NASA: We're headed for Jupiter's moon Europa

Europa. Image: NASA.
Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life.

Cool gifs reveal the orbital period of each planet


NPR’s Science Tumblr “Skunk Bear” shared these awesome gifs that demonstrate how long it takes each planet in our solar system to travel around the sun.

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Space in ultra-high def: NASA releases 4K video from International Space Station

An unprecedented look at what it's like to live and work aboard the ISS.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft to do close fly-by of Saturn's moon Dione on June 16

Cassini will get as close as 321 miles (516 kilometers) of Dione's surface if all goes as planned.

SpaceX launches Hyperloop pod design competition geared for students and indie engineering teams

The high-speed ground transport system was first described by Elon Musk in a 2013 white paper, and its first route would connect Los Angeles and San Francisco with an expected journey time of 35 minutes.

Astronaut Terry Virts's photo of the Great Pyramids

Tweet by Astronaut Terry Virts, who returned to Earth a few days after 200 days on the International Space Station: "It took me until my last day in space to get a good picture of these!" Read the rest

Russia's ruined shuttle in pictures


Ralph Mirebs' gallery of the abandoned spaceship evokes scale, sadness, and what might be described as Soviet sound judgment. [via Ars Technica] Read the rest

Spinning solar-powered Titan & Luna globes

If you liked the solar-powered spinning Mars globe, but wanted something more exotic, there's the spinning Titan globe, and for something closer to home, there's the Lunar edition. Read the rest



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Boy, 15, discovered a planet

Scientists have confirmed that Tom Wagg, now 17, discovered a new planet in a solar system 1000 light years away. Read the rest

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