Train of SpaceX‘s Starlink Satellites captured as they fly over Holland

Yesterday SpaceX deployed the first batch of satellites for “Starlink”, its ambitious internet-from-space program. In total 60 of the 12000 planned satellites got deployed. Holland based Dr. Marco Langbroek captured the train of satellites as they passed over Leiden, the Netherlands, about 22.5 hours after launch. Over the coming days the “train” of objects will […]

Not your typical map: “Where is all the poop on the moon?”

Ever wondered what the astronauts that landed on the moon did with their waste? Well, they ditched them on the moon itself. It’s been nearly 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing. Neil Armstrong’s iconic footprint is still there, undisturbed; there’s no atmosphere, no wind on the moon to blow it away. But the […]

What is the Closest Planet To Earth? Well, it ain’t Venus …

As with everything: It Depends (when you’re looking): When Earth and Venus are at their closest approach, their separation is roughly 0.28 AU — no other planet gets nearer to Earth. But just as often, the two planets are at their most distant, when Venus is on the side of the Sun opposite Earth, 1.72 […]

Create a map of the stars with “The Night Sky“

The Night Sky lets one create a map of the stars, as seen at a certain time and location. Was it your first kiss, the birth of a child or that moment you realized your world had changed. Give a gift of the stars to always remember that special night. Prints (rather expensive ones if […]

Manhattanhenge, New York City’s coolest sunset of the year

A few days ago the sunset in Manhattan was perfectly aligned with the east–west streets of its main street grid: The phenomenon happens only twice a year, in May and July. The nickname, coined by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and head of the Hayden Planetarium, is a reference to England’s Stonehenge. At Stonehenge, once […]