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ARKYD: The First Publicly Accessible Space Telescope!

Thursday 06.13.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re like those of us at Visual News, you find yourself looking at the sky most nights (or you might even have glow-in-the-dark stars on your ceiling)… so when it comes to this amazing Kickstarter project, we’re floored. ARKYD [ahrk-kid] is slated to be the first publicly accessible space telescope controlled by you. Through pledges and community involvement the project founder Planetary Resources is planning to put the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars into the hands of students, scientists and a new generation of explorers. Think about it, ideas we haven’t even conceived of can now be tested at anywhere from free to cheap prices, opening up a world of possibilities previously unreachable by the vast intellect of society. [Read more...]

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Star Trek: Into Darkness- Movie Poster Remix

Tuesday 05.21.2013 , Posted by

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After the great results of their World War Z movie poster competition earlier this year, Blurppy challenged artists once again, this time with a Star Trek: Into Darkness theme. Another great success was had as artists stepped up to the challenge and let their creative juices flow. If these designs were available to producers, it’s hard to say which poster we would be seeing on movie theater walls. [Read more...]

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Film Photography of Galaxies Through a Telescope

Tuesday 05.14.2013 , Posted by

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Since 2007, LA-based photographer Siri Kaur has been driving 480 miles to the Kitt Peak National Observatory four or five times per year to capture the sky on her film camera. 7,000 feet above the ground, the observatory boasts telescopes the size of houses and Kaur takes long exposure photographs of the view from these super telescopes. Sometimes she returns with no good pictures, but those times are all made worth it when she gets shots like the ones shown below. She alters the color and depth of the star formations in the darkroom with chemicals, producing new images that look just like some of the “real” pictures of distant galaxies taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope. [Read more...]

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Stunningly Designed Stellar Maps of Our Night Sky

Sunday 05.12.2013 , Posted by

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For anyone who wants to see their place in the universe, there is hardly a better way to get perspective than taking a look at the stars. With head lofted towards the sky we see a multitude of worlds so distant that the light originated eons before our birth. These star maps from Stellavie Design Manufaktur are perhaps the most lovely we’ve seen, providing us with both attractive detailing and meaningful content… the perfect inspiration for becoming more familiar with our night sky. [Read more...]

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They’re Watching You: Grey Alien Portraits Come Alive

Tuesday 05.07.2013 , Posted by

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Are we alone in this universe? It’s highly unlikely and over 50% of the people who report alien encounters describe these same oval-headed, big-eyed, child-size greys. Coincidence or psychological tricks, it’s fun to imagine what aliens look like. Serbian illustrator and graphic designer Vladimir Stankovic took his hypotheses a step further by animating life into the eyes of his series of portraits of The Greys. As cute as they are, I’m not sure how I would feel if I woke up with one standing over me. [Read more...]

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Collages from Our Wildly Beautiful Universe

Tuesday 03.05.2013 , Posted by

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Welcome to a strange world where the ordinary laws of physics hold no ground and the imagination is free to conjure fascinating scenes of wondrous beauty. Galaxies seem to hide in ribbons of unknown wavelengths, doors open in familiar terrestrial objects, and Newtonian gravity is non-existent. Such is the impression I get while viewing the fantastic collages of Bryan Olson, an artist from North Carolina who dissects vintage paper-based imagery and reassembles it into the mysteriously foreign yet familiar worlds you see here. [Read more...]

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Millionaire Space Tourist Plans Mission Around Mars

Friday 03.01.2013 , Posted by

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A rich space tourist who earlier payed $20 million to visit the International Space Station, is now working to promote an even more ambitious project – a manned flyby around the planet Mars in 2018. Much like the Apollo 10 mission which proceeded the famous Apollo landing, this mission would be only intended to make a quick flyby of the red planet, in fact only spending about 10 hours at its closest point 100,000km above the planets surface. [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Russian Meteor Blast

Monday 02.18.2013 , Posted by

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For those that missed it (and considering the massive impact few could), a huge meteorite hit earth last week in Russia. In the land of the dash camera, videos far and wide captured the very rare event in its full shining glory – a missile like streak through the sky and an incredible window breaking crash following soon after. For the Russian population the event was one that stirred memories of the not so distant past, one of the tree flattening Tunguska event in Siberia just over 100 years ago. That blast was the largest impact event on earth in recorded history. [Read more...]

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Mind-Blowing HD Photographs of the Sun

Friday 02.15.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re like most of us, your parents told you not to stare at the sun… but photographer and novice astronomer Alan Friedman didn’t listen to that advice and we’re happy about it. Captured from the less than ideal location of his backyard in Buffalo New York, Friedman photographs the bright objects in the sky – the moon, bright stars, planets and the sun. This last object, the sun, is one that we all witness the power of each day and yet rarely get a good look at. [Read more...]

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Will We 3D Print the First Moon Base Using Lunar Soil?

Wednesday 02.13.2013 , Posted by

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It’s exciting that in recent years a host of serious projects are being launched, directed at the goal of colonizing another planet in the solar system. From the groundbreaking Curiosity rover exploring the surface of Mars, to the reality TV funded Mars One project, the world is pushing hard to put the first permanent inhabitants on the surface of another world. Now Enrico Dini, the inventor of a massive 3D printer called D-Shape, is teaming up with the European Space Agency and building innovator Foster + Partners in an attempt to solve one of the most challenging aspects of colonizing another planet: lifting a heavy habitat off earth and getting it there. [Read more...]

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