After several years of building and flying things at Copenhagen Suborbitals, Kristian von Bengtson addresses the question of why some people still accuse the project of being a hoax: Copenhagen Suborbitals – How Do You Know this is Not a Hoax? – Wired Science/Wired.com.
In this video von Bengtson and Peter Madsen talk about the CS project: Space nation Denmark – Videos about Denmark/The official website of Denmark –
Via Ralph Ewig’s blog comes a pointer to the Space Engine, which is a
free space simulation software that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, starting from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies. Areas of the known universe are represented using actual astronomical data, while regions uncharted by human astronomy are generated procedurally. Millions of galaxies, trillions of stars, countless planets!
Here is a video created by the Space Engine:
The Cassini probe orbiting Saturn continues to return amazing images of the ringed planet. Here are some views of Saturnine storm systems: The Stormscapes of Saturn – The Planetary Society.
These include the astonishing hexagon ring storm at the north pole –
Cassini also just photographed Venus:
… in this image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Venus appears just off the edge of the planet, in the upper part of the image, directly above the white streak of Saturn’s G ring. Lower down, Saturn’s E ring makes an appearance, looking blue thanks to the scattering properties of the dust that comprises the ring. A bright spot near the E ring is a distant star.
The sun continues to fall below predicted sun spot production, even as the predictions are repeatedly lowered: