Massive Solar System Built to Scale in the Desert

This was too cool for me not to post. Our Solar System is so much larger than most people comprehend. This group decided to build a scale model in a seven mile section of the desert. Click above to watch a very well done video. Related Link: If the Moon Were Only One Pixel. Space is really, really, really, big. (I probably … Continue reading Massive Solar System Built to Scale in the Desert

Google Maps Ms. Pac-man takes me back in time (while wasting some).

I loved Google Maps April Fools Easter Egg. In case you haven’t seen it, go to Google Maps and you should see a Pac-man maze at the bottom where all the photo contributions usually are (on a mobile device, it is a Mr. Pac-man icon on the side). Click it and waste a little time today on … Continue reading Google Maps Ms. Pac-man takes me back in time (while wasting some).

What is this mini-cricket/grasshopper thing?

I took this picture of a bug in my front yard. It seems very cricket-like, tiny and aqua-marine colored. I have never seen a cricket with this coloration or size. Maybe the nymph phase. It has more slender length to width ratio than a cricket. There are a few of them and it seems they only … Continue reading What is this mini-cricket/grasshopper thing?

Sometimes Astronomers Come up with Perfect Names.

Astronomers have some oddly named astronomical objects. Scientists, in general have come up with many names that don’t exactly roll off the tongue very well. But sometimes they get it right… The Soap Bubble Nebula: This symmetric nebula, found in the constellation Cygnus, does look just like a soap bubble floating in a cloud of stars. … Continue reading Sometimes Astronomers Come up with Perfect Names.