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The Solar System to Scale

posted on Sep 18, 2015

To Scale: The Solar System from Wylie Overstreet on Vimeo.

Riding Light

posted on Feb 4, 2015

Riding Light from Alphonse Swinehart on Vimeo: Real-time animation of how long light takes to travel through the solar system.

Space is big.

Ask a physicist, 5¢

posted on Jul 23, 2012
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman sometimes sets up a card table up on a street corner and allows all comers to bring him their physics questions.

If Earth had rings

posted on May 3, 2011

If Earth had rings like Saturn...

Government steals space aliens from Yukon prospector

posted on Oct 21, 2010
At least that's what the prospector is claiming, and he wants $12 million in damages, because that is apparently the going rate for green crystalline alien lifeforms from other worlds. The government is skeptical, and seems to be going with the defence that the prospector is as crazy as an outhouse rat.

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Have Been Compromised by UFOs

posted on Sep 22, 2010
Normally, UFO stuff is not my thing, but this is being reported by Reuters:

Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby.

How did they know they malfunctioned? Do nuclear missiles actually do things while they are sitting around awaiting launch? Clean up around the silo, that sort of thing?

Still, it's comforting to know that the little green men have a magic Cancel Nuclear Holocaust button. Why don't they just give those out to everyone?

Who says there's no sound in space?

posted on Aug 18, 2010

The first two minutes are probably the most boring video ever shot. The next 5 minutes are the most incredible footage I have ever seen.

Air traffic from space

posted on Jun 23, 2010

Oh, it's so large...

posted on Mar 20, 2010
It was inevitable that this typo would happen one day.

Smoke Ring Collision

posted on Aug 17, 2009

How to get Gen Y to pay attention in Astronomy class

posted on Aug 3, 2009

The power of Ptolemy's epicycles to describe planetary orbits, or indeed anything at all, is deftly illustrated.

Same as a motorcycle

posted on Oct 29, 2008

44 miles per gallon

Created by The Car Connection

I'm thinking this is a bit low. First of all, a gallon of food is a huge amount of food. I'd have serious trouble eating that in a whole day, so I could get two days walking out of it for sure. But maybe they're including water as part of the gallon, in which case there's not that much food at all, since I could go through a gallon of water in a few hours of exercise. But it seems wrong to count water as fuel. It's more analogous to your oil and coolant than your gasoline.

What do fireworks and spiders have in common?

posted on Aug 19, 2008
According to this, your odds of dying from a bee sting are about the same as from getting killed by a bolt of lightning.  Death from pancreatic cancer is about equal to dying in a car accident, which in turn is four times more likely than from a motorcycle accident.  You are ten times more likely to die falling off a building than falling off a cliff, and twice as likely to die because your surgeon left his Rolex inside you than from getting eaten by a shark.

In answer to the heading, both kill the same number of Americans per year.

The Next Big Thing

posted on Jul 2, 2007

Here's a nice vid that reminded me of when I once worked in astronomy...

But at least it's not flat

posted on Aug 4, 2005

Apparently, fewer than 50% of people know that 1 year is the length of time it takes for the Earth to go around the sun. This makes me very sad.


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