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*sigh* Amazing. Check out the thunderstorms, too. I highly recommend watching full-screen.

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera
by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from
August to October, 2011.

HD, refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc.

Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001
w+p by Jan Jelinek, published by Betke Edition |

Editing: Michael König |

Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

  1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
  2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
  3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
  4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
  5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
  6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
  7. Halfway around the World
  8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
  9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
  10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
  11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
  12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
  13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
  14. Views of the Mideast at Night
  15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
  16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
  17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
  18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

The video’s creator, James Drake, says:

This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.

via io9

A graphical representative of how the known alien solar systems stack up against our own Solar System.


A photo installation by Christopher Jonassen, Devour features the bottoms of old frying pans – very much like planets, yes?


Google’s doodle for today honors Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space:

Yuri Gagarin

The little Vostok launches!

No CGI, no 3D models. A proposal for an IMAX film using only images taken by satellites:

More at Outside In.

via io9

beautiful! amazing! probably the coolest dad ever.

I missed the perseids this year because humboldt county and sf county are too darn foggy, but this video helps to make up for it!


watch the ‘discovery’ get prepped for launch! so so cool. I am not ashamed to say I cried at the end of this. I again quote a recent episode of ‘the big bang theory’:

…there are man-made objects on the moon, put there by a member of a species that only 60 years before had just invented the airplane!

humans are pretty amazing, guys. the things we can do are breathtaking.

behold: the latest installment of the spitzer science center’s web series for kids. starring amy okuda from ‘the guild’ and the voice of wil wheaton. the setting: the giant ring of saturn!

tangent: as wil wheaton has noted via his site and twitter, there was a truly great line in the finale of ‘the big bang theory’ last night, and I’d like to share it here:

…there are man-made objects on the moon, put there by a member of a species that only 60 years before had just invented the airplane!

whoa. right??

The White Mountain from charles on Vimeo.

Science!! Space!! Robots!!

Ellen gave me the heads up about the Jet Propulsion Lab’s annual open house and I was all over it, as you might imagine. It was like a science fair for adults. I had a great time and can’t wait until next year!

Photos are captioned generously. Here is a brief post about the day.