It’s taken him half a century, but Spider-Man has finally joined his fellow comic book luminaries Batman, Captain America and — uh — Green Arrow in obtaining the most prized of superhero status symbols: a kid sidekick.
Oh, and HAPPY BIRFDAY, SPIDEY!
Absolutely striking photography of star trails taken from the International Space Station as it orbits Earth at 17,000 mph. See full set here.
WOAH. Don Pettit’s taking some unreal shots from space.
Concure. Also, shiny.
Italian installation artist Esther Stocker creates stunning geometric environments that can often be explored by the viewer. The construction of each piece appears to follow some type of strange equation, resulting in unusual linear patterns and planes that completely transform the physical pace.
If the net was a physical place to stroll around, we think it’d look like this.
Presenting: your new desktop/lock screen images.
Yesterday, the Moon passed between the Sun and Earth, casting its shadow from China to North America. This was an annular eclipse, where the Moon’s apparent diameter is slightly smaller than the Sun’s, blocking all but a ring of sunlight. Skywatchers brought out special glasses, welder’s masks, and telescopes to safely view this relatively rare event. Some were lucky enough to look down and see overlapping pinhole projections of the eclipse as the sunlight streamed through the leaves of nearby trees. Gathered here, for those who weren’t able to see it in person, is a group of images of yesterday’s annular eclipse.
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If you’re a space enthusiast, this weekend is going to be a doozy.
In the wee hours of Saturday, May 19, the private spaceflight company SpaceX is planning to launch their Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The launch window is for 1:55 a.m. PDT, so West Coast night owls might just want to stay up to catch the action.
Join us on Wired’s Open Space site for live coverage starting an hour before the launch. If you sleep through the event, don’t worry; we’ll have a recap video up shortly after.
If that isn’t enough, Sunday, May 20 will see an annular solar eclipse visible from eastern Asia, the Pacific Ocean and much of the North American West Coast.
…and if you get any sweet shots of EITHER, share them with us!
So much is happening in space this weekend!