What’s been happening recently in our neck-of-the-universe?
Well for one thing we have a new map, so we won’t get lost on our upcoming wanderings 🙂
You’ve never seen the universe like this before. Astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the most complete 3D map of the local universe, covering a distance of 380 million light-years, ever created
And here’s a map with road signs ,and a video, to make it easier for you to get around 😉
A bit closer to home? Well, Saturn is still in a stormy mood.
The huge storm churning through the atmosphere in Saturn’s northern hemisphere overtakes itself as it encircles the planet in this true-color view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This picture, captured on Feb. 25, 2011, was taken about 12 weeks after the storm began, and the clouds by this time had formed a tail that wrapped around the planet.
Even a bit closer?
Well, please say hello to asteroid Vesta, now orbited by the human’s Dawn spacecraft.
On 15 July 2011, NASA’s ion-propelled Dawn probe will become the first spacecraft to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid. Dawn will orbit Vesta for one Earth-year, studying the giant space rock at close range to help scientists understand the earliest chapter of our solar system’s history.
After a year Dawn will be off again, then to rendezvous with dwarf planet Ceres. We live in interesting exploratory times 🙂
And from the Earth-space boundary …
Yes, it’s Noctilucent Cloud time again in Uppsala, Sweden, Scandinavia, Northern Europe and North America 🙂
View some more wonderful “Space Cloud” images at the Space Weather website.
And finally, (on a humerous note) a bit of Down to Earth music symbolizing the continuing “dispute” between the we-will-save-you-all environmentalists (Bill Murray’s “Carl” – the green keeper 😉 ) and the we-just-want-to-be-left-alone-to-enjoy-life average person (the rocking gopher).
MUSIC: I’m All Right – Kenny Loggins (1981)
Universal Gopher Brady