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 AU away.

As the video show our closest planetary neighbour on average is not Venus but …

(Via Kottke)

Does Space Smell Like Burnt Steak? Astronaut Chris Hadfield Debunks (and Confirms) Space Myths

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield helps debunk (and confirm!) some common myths about space. Is there any sound in space? Does space smell like burnt steak? Is NASA working on warp speed?

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 you ask me) can be ordered, but if you’re handy with the DevTools you can extract the generated image (non-print-quality) yourself 😉

💁‍♂️ If you’re less handy with the DevTools, here’s how to get your image:

  1. Configure your image
  2. Add it to your cart by pressing “Continue” (no need for an e-mailaddress)
  3. From your cart, press “Edit your night sky”
  4. Now you can right click and save the contents of the canvas element.

😉

The Night Sky – the Original, Unique Custom Star Map →

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

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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 a year during the summer solstice, the rising Sun perfectly aligns with the 5,000-year-old stones, signaling the beginning of the season. In New York City, where the setting Sun simultaneously shines on both the north and south sides of each cross street in the grid, the phenomenon doesn’t fall on any special date.

Manhattanhenge: Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the spectacle →
Views from Manhattanhenge, New York City’s coolest sunset of the year →

Rocket Launch 360: DeltaIV NROL-45

After having seen SpaceX successfully land their Falcon 9 rocket on a sea barge earlier this week, now comes this amazing video:

360 cameras captured one of the most powerful activities in spaceflight … launch. No human being has ever experienced a rocket launch from this close

Project Apollo Archive

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The Project Apollo Archive is an online reference source and repository of digital images pertaining to the historic manned lunar landing program.

12,000 photos and counting.

Project Apollo Archive (Flickr) →
Project Apollo Archive (Facebook) →

The panorama at the top of this post was assembled from several Apollo 16 photos by Maciej Winiarczyk.