“The only thing you could compare it to is like a Macy’s Day Parade or something like that. But those are all inflatables. This thing is a massive machine, and an art piece in and of itself.”
As the hordes of festival-goers descend on the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, they’ve got a friend from outer space there to greet them. Read more>
In July 2015, we get our first close look at the dwarf planet Pluto and its moon, Charon, a fact that has scientists hypothesizing more than ever about what we might see there. One of the latest ideas put forward is that perhaps the collision that likely formed Pluto and Charon heated the interior of Pluto enough to give it an internal liquid water ocean, which also gave the small world a short-lived plate tectonics system, like that of Earth. Read more
Amazing picture of the Moon during monday night’s lunar eclipse. Photo taken on April 15th 2014.
Photo credit: Reuters/Marco Brindicci
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
“Métal Hurlant Chronicles is an English-language Franco-Belgian television science fiction anthology series based on the popular comics anthology magazine Métal Hurlant, known in the United States as Heavy Metal and in Germany as Schwermetall.” Wikipedia
First episode: October 27, 2012
Cast: Scott Adkins
Networks: Syfy, France 4
Genres: Science Fiction, Drama
“Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed - to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and best friend Max Waters, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can - but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.”
Release date: April 18, 2014 (USA)
Director: Wally Pfister
Running time: 120 minutes
Executive producer: Christopher Nolan
MPAA rating: PG-13
Cast: Johnny Depp
I spent many hours looking at these Starlog ‘photo guidebooks’ in the late 1970s and early 1980s. OK, I still look at them.
View of Saturn taken by Cassini’s camera system on March 28, 2014.
Image credit: NASA / JPL / SSI / Ian Regan / Val Klavans
Now that the productive Kepler telescope is down for the count, astronomers are dreaming up new techniques and missions to help them find even more planets around alien stars.