Guys, this video.
From the Chandra Observatory: “Want to take a trip to the center of our Milky Way? A new visualization using Chandra data & @NASAAmes supercomputer simulations provides viewers with an immersive, 360-degree view of the center of our Galaxy! “
The article is interesting, but we’re all here for the jaw-dropping image. While extremely processed, this image is from the Very Large Array radio telescope, and it captures a pulsar getting kicked out of its own supernova: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2197328-stunning-picture-shows-dead-star-racing-away-from-a-massive-explosion/.
A real bookstore this time, not that silly "4 star" nonsense!
...and still, I was disappointed. 😒 The store was maybe 1/3 the size of a typical B&N. While they did some cool things with their front displays ("Unputdownable: Kindle readers finish these books in 3 days or less" and so on), the overall book distribution was 2/3 nonfiction to 1/3 fiction - and nearly all the fiction was lit fic. The only genre fiction in the store were current bestsellers that either trend toward lit fic or have otherwise garnered critical attention (such as Black Leopard, Red Wolf), or recognized classics (such as Dune).
In part, it could have simply been catering to its customers, as any retail store should. Cherry Creek is an extremely upscale neighborhood, and I'd believe that its denizens would never demean themselves by being caught reading *genre* fiction. 😱
Still, disappointed. Amazon is flubbing a great market opportunity here. Readers LOVE bookstores, and we're desperate for great ones we can lose ourselves in. This isn't one.
Space is very big. Some of its new explorers will be tiny. An excellent piece by Shannon Stirone on the MarCO cubesats and what their success means for future missions: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/science/cubesats-marco-mars.html
Check out this beauty that #MrJennsen just randomly came home with! It's not my birthday or anything.
I honestly didn't know these comics existed, or I would've picked them up earlier. For those curious, the story picks up literal minutes after the end of The Peacekeeper Wars.
Like in Interstellar!
“Before addressing the many health hazards for life near a black hole, we should consider the benefits. If civilizations form in, or migrate to, the vicinity of black holes, what could they do for fun and profit?” 😉 https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/living-near-a-supermassive-black-hole/
From NASA: “Are you ready for your vacation on the Moon? Are you looking forward to setting up camp on Mars? Can you get excitement to use the Gateway to access #Moon2Mars? Show everyone your new favorite exploration destinations with these free downloadable posters: https://go.nasa.gov/2J5SRhx”
Le Sigh. I have no more wallspace, dammit! These are beautiful, though....
The assumption that both of these developments, IA and AGI, will happen is baked into the worldbuilding of Aurora Rhapsody. Personally, I'm a fan of making ourselves smarter, but I doubt we'll abandon AI research no matter what. Hopefully, we'll be able to keep pace with synthetic intelligence enough that the singularity will be ours, not theirs. https://io9.gizmodo.com/humans-with-amplified-intelligence-could-be-more-powerf-509309984
What do you think?
Via Samuel Peralta.
Gamma Ray Telescopes Could Detect Starships Powered by a Black Hole: https://www.universetoday.com/141657/gamma-ray-telescopes-could-detect-starships-powered-by-black-hole/
Be right back, need to jot down some notes….
For the last year, this image, titled "Command Deck" by artist Krystian Biskup (https://salierri.artstation.com/projects/a6ReX) has far and away been my most popular pin on Pinterest (the background of the Requiem cover being the second-most popular).
Given that, I thought you all should get the chance to enjoy it, too. I imagine this is how Valkyrie sees a planet on the Siyane's approach.
“We want the things in Science Fiction novels and movies not to be Science Fiction forever, we want them to be real one day.” - Elon Musk
I am loving this quote so much - not surprisingly :). Loving the photo, too!
Stunning photo taken by Astronaut Anne McLain from the International Space Station as Crew Dragon approached for docking. Her words: “The dawn of a new era in human spaceflight.” (https://twitter.com/AstroAnnimal/status/1102250251598135296)
Life probably exists beyond Earth. So how do we find it? With next-generation telescopes, tiny space probes, and more, scientists aim to search for life beyond our solar system—and make contact: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/03/extraterrestrial-life-probably-exists-how-do-we-search-for-aliens/
Excellent piece by National Geographic on the science and philosophy driving the next generation of planet-hunters. Courtesy of Carolyn McBride.