Category: science

“This X-ray nebula appears to look like a human hand. The ghostly shape comes courtesy of a pulsar star called PSR B1509-58 (B1509 for short) that is just 12 miles or 19 kilometers in diameter. The nebula itself is 150 light-years across. Image taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.” (Universe Today)

SPACE DEMON – The Veil Nebula looks like a planet-chomping mega-monster in this spooktacular view from Ken Crawford and Rancho Del Sol Observatory.

(NASA)

Where Galactic Snakes Live

Illustrated bats from the A History of the Earth and Animated Nature, 1848.

(New York Public Library)

Apollo 7 launches from Cape Canaveral on this day in 1968. It’s the first human spaceflight of Project Apollo.

A lab-grown woolly mammoth roams the Siberian Arctic as scientists scoot around. Illustration by Kevin Tong.

(The Atlantic)

The Corazón del Fuego volcano erupts in Guatemala, 2015. Photo by Andrew Shepard, National Geographic. Corazón del Fuego means “heart of fire,” which is the best volcano name ever.

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Japanese poster for Flash Gordon, 1980. Artwork by Philip Castle.

Cutaway view of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral, illustrated by Don Mackey, 1966. (SDASM)