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Comment by Michel on September 12, 2011 at 2:34pm

Now my new desktop wallpaper.

Comment by Neal on September 12, 2011 at 1:50pm

The hi res image looks like the planet is a lens that you are viewing the rings through. Pretty cool.  

Comment by Adriana on September 12, 2011 at 1:42pm

That is a PHOTO? Wow!! Did you guys go to the link and click on the hi res image? I hope you guys have an HD computer screen. It's beautiful.

Comment by Michel on September 12, 2011 at 12:17pm

Saturn is my favorite planet (beats Jupiter =) and Cassini is an amazing robot. We can't be all that bad as a species...

5.6k Saturn Cassini Photographic Animation from stephen v2 on Vimeo.

Animated from hundreds of thousands of still photographs from NASA's Cassini orbiter, the above video isn't actually a NASA project. Instead, it's a preview of a full-length IMAX film dubbed Outside In: a non-profit project funded by a number of individual supporters.
The most striking thing to note about the breathtaking visual fly-by of Saturn seen above is that the footage isn't computer-generated or enhanced with CGI or 3D effects. What you see are a huge number of high-resolution still images animated in sequence to create full motion using a "2.75D" photographic fly-through technology. Filmmaker Stephen Van Vuuren is aiming for a limited IMAX release for the feature-length movie, to be accompanied by a synchronized light show in planetarium, museum, and gallery locations to be announced.

Comment by Neal on September 12, 2011 at 10:51am

Very cool photo. =)

Comment by Doone on September 12, 2011 at 10:40am

Wow, talk about an unworldly looking image!

Comment by A Former Member on September 12, 2011 at 10:38am

I don't believe this has been posted: NASA’s Cassini orbiter snaps unbelievable picture of Saturn

Comment by Michel on September 10, 2011 at 7:44pm


Jupiter rolls into view

If you go outside a couple of hours after sunset tonight and look east, you’ll see a very bright "star" in the sky. That’s Jupiter.

If you look at it with a nice telescope equipped with a good camera and filter set, and you have the patience to spend a bit of time afterwards putting the images together into a brief animation, you’ll see the above!!!:


More here. 


Comment by Sydni Moser on September 7, 2011 at 10:14pm

Must Watch: John Kessel on Future Stories as a Mirror of the Present

Acclaimed science fiction author and literature professor John Kessel recently gave a fantastic talk about science fiction, and you can watch the whole thing online. Here's the blurb:

Science fiction is popularly understood to be about showing us the world of the future: space travel, robots, immortality, encounters with aliens, mechanized cities, human evolution. But in fact much science fiction, though it may be set a hundred or a thousand years from now, is more about the present than about times to come. Both consciously and unconsciously, the futures science fiction writers present arise from and comment on the way things are today, often with the goal of changing the present or even preventing the future.

This talk shows how this has been true from science fiction's earliest days until now. It gives examples from books and films of ways in which sf had held up a fun-house mirror to the present, both serious and comic, restricting and liberating.


Comment by Doone on September 5, 2011 at 9:11am



Source: YouTube

Forget Democrat vs. Republican or Shark vs. Jet. This is what and where we truly are.

This animation shows the Moon passing directly in front of the Earth as seen from the EPOXI spacecraft. The "red" is actually infrared.


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