This is half of a stereoscopic image of the surface of Mars. The other half is here, if you want to line them up, one in each eye, and see the Chasma in all its depth and glory. This is a Martian canyon named after the biblical land where Solomon sent a mission that returned with gold.
I found this via the USGS Astrogeology Planetary Photogrammetry Lab, although the LPL is a University of Arizona project.
SONG: “Under Orion’s Arms”.
SOURCE: SPACE.com, 3 January 2020, “Will Bright Star Betelgeuse Finally Explode? A Look at the Dimming Red Giant in Orion’s Shoulder,” as used in the post “So Orion’s shoulder might be about to explode.”
ABSTRACT: I’ve been binge-watching Twin Peaks: The Return over the last month. I guess this is what happens.
Had the organ down, like, after Episode 12. The guitars (so many guitars) followed in short order, with the main, Richard-Hawley m…
This is a fusion reactor that was never built, a small power plant that takes the principles of a tokamak (use super-heated plasma to generate more power than you put into heating and containing the plasma) and adds different magnetic fields running in different directins to keep the hot stuff inside the donut-shaped body of the thing. A donut shape is technically a “torus,” and “toroidal” means in a circle that follows the shape of the donut. “Poloidal” means in a ring arou…
A painting of Mayan pyramids by a mysterious man, described on Public Domain Review (where I found this image) as an “artist, erotic publisher, explorer, and general enigma.” I recommend the article and can’t really do it justice here. Features a Mayan warrior in an unlikely jaguar onesie and a lithograph of a supposed Mayan relief with an elephant’s head in the middle. From an up-to-now unknown population of Central American elephants, one supposes.
Not that he was enti…
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This illustration, by Erik Nitsche and Roslyn Welcher, is from a book by CBF Macauley that claims to be “the first complete work ever dedicated to the subject of helicopters.” It’s a curious book, mislabeled on archive.org, and seems to be half popular science and half… cutesy humor? At least the illustrations have a kind of droll, James Thurber vibe to them. Obviously, helicopters were going to change life in large ways and small… though maybe not as much as Macauley expe…
from The Modern Practice of the Electric Telegraph, 1881.
Chaetopoda by Ernst Haeckel. More incredible illustrations by him here.