Archives for October, 2009

Exploring Mercury from my computer

As you may have noticed, there’s a new super-high resolution mosaic of the planet Mercury that’s available. How high resolution is it? Perhaps you should join me on my journey as I zoom in to the upper left hand corner. (Click each image to view it full-size.) While Mercury may look unevenly cratered, keep in…

You’re sweet as a honey bee But like a honey bee stings You’ve gone and left my heart in pain All you left is our favorite song The one we danced to all night long It used to bring sweet memories Of a tender love that used to be Now it’s the same old song…

Mercury’s Massiveness…

Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, never really has had a great picture taken of it. There are a number of reasons for this, such as: It never gets more than 28 degrees away from the Sun, meaning we get two hours after sunset — max — to look at it. Because the sky…

Though my soul may set in darkness, It will rise in perfect light, I have loved the stars too fondly To be fearful of the night. –Sarah Williams Everyone knows how you see things during the day: sunlight makes it possible. Delivering huge amounts of visible light to the entire “day” side of the planet,…

Where else would you find a combination of Avenue Q and Sesame Street? (Caution: adult themes in the very, very amusing video below.) Because we all need something light once in a while. Hope you have a great weekend!

New images of Mercury released today!

When I was a kid, Mercury and Pluto were the bookends of our Solar System. The two smallest planets, one of them was distant, icy, and raw, and the other was close in, speedy, and overcooked. One of them had the New Horizons mission planned for it, and the other had the Messenger mission. Only…