Outer space

NASA's giant spiky ball

NASA’s giant metal spiky ball

Amazing the stuff you’ll find online. While looking at NASA documents for a friend’s birthday, I came across this spiky ball contraption used by NASA in 1968. Any guess what this could be? Oversized foot massager? Giant mace-ball weapon? Colossal doggie toy? The real answer is in the comments.  

Moon rock 76055 found in sidewalk planter on Michigan Avenue in Chicago

Moon Rocks Found in Chicago

Printouts of moon rocks are being found across downtown Chicago. On the back of each printout reads: You Found a Moon Rock! This printout is the exact same size of an actual lunar sample brought back from the surface of the moon. Take a photo of your moon rock and tag it #moonrockfound I will …

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animated constellation

Fireworks as constellations

While going through my photos, this particular photo of July 4th fireworks reminded me of constellations in the sky. Here’s an animated gif of several photos together. Here the constellation twinkles.

Carina Nebula wrapped around a parking pole #starwraps

Six lessons learned from wrapping the Carina Nebula around a parking pole

I had a feeling something was going to happen while I was carrying around a eight-foot long print of the Carina Nebula. My plans were to wrap this colorful strip of paper around something in public and take photographs of it. This art placement is part of a series I call Star Wraps (flickr gallery). …

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The best candy to eat while enjoying a Supermoon lunar eclipse

Six reasons why red M&M’s are the perfect treat for a Supermoon lunar eclipse

What is the perfect snack to enjoy while watching the moon turns red and slowly disappears? I found myself pondering this question while sitting on my back porch watching this rare celestial event. Digging through the pantry, M&M’s became the answer for the perfect treat to enjoy during a Supermoon lunar eclipse. 1. The moon …

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A cool diagram of the sun's location

Where is the sun?

If you ask “Where is the sun?” to Wolfram Alpha, you get a cool astronomy diagram! In my case, I had to add on “in Chicago”, because Wolfram Alpha thought I was in Florida, based on our internet provider at work.

a whole lotta stanley cups

500 million visualized

With the Stanley Cup in the news again as Chicago won its third Stanley Cup in six years, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium made an infographic revealing that 429,305,338 Stanley Cups stacked on top of one another would reach the Moon. What else is approximately 500 million? The population of North America is 476,028,165 people. America (320,970,000), …

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