Dropping Science: Compilation of Real Space Footage

 

This week’s video falls into the inspirational category. I’ve posted quite a few vids that combine music with incredible CGI images of the solar system and those kind of films still stir something in me. That said there is, as they say, no substitute for the real thing and that’s exactly what Sander van den Berg  has done here.

By taking images from the Casini space mission and painstakingly editing them together he has created a haunting vision of our own solar system. To look at these images and know that you are looking through the lens of something that was actually there, that this is exactly what our planets look like and not what they imagine them to be, is simply breathtaking.

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Dropping Science: What Does it Feel Like to Fly Over Planet Earth?

 

As promised, here is the second recent video from the International Space Station (ISS). This week we have time lapse footage taken by the station as it passes over the earth at night. Cities become fiery pits of light and lightning strikes flash out into space like the beacon of a lighthouse.

The recording begins over the Pacific and then heads roughly southwards across the Americas and down into Antarctica where it hits dawn. If you’re interested in playing “name that glowing dot” some of the cities and landmarks passed along the way are (in order): Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon.

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As a reminder, we’re down at the Entertainment Media Show with David Tennant today and tomorrow. If you want to meet the good Doctor or pick up a signed copy of our own comic, please drop by to Earls Court.

Dropping Science: Here’s What The Aurora Looks Like From Space!

NASA have released a couple of stunning videos taken from the International Space Station in recent weeks. I’ll post the other one up next week, but this week I wanted to take a look at this clip which demonstrates that one of the most incredible sights on Earth is also one of the most incredible off Earth.

This particular display was caused by a coronal mass ejection from the Sun on September 14th. Three days later the charged particles from said ejection collided with the Earth’s atmosphere creating this dazzling show. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Space is wonderful.

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