Some selfies are more thought-provoking than others. Amazing what you can see in the reflection.
If you’ve ever wondered when Jupiter will next be aligned with Mars, Van Cleef & Arpels has a watch that will tell you. Its new Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication watch has six rotating disks, each bearing a tiny sphere representing one of the six planets visible with the naked eye.
The disks rotate at different speeds so that each sphere makes one revolution around the dial in the time it takes the actual planet it represents – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn – to orbit the sun. Mercury in 88 days, Venus in 224, Earth in a year, Mars in 687 days, Jupiter in 12 years and Saturn in 29. It’s a very complex watch and a true display of supreme watchmaking. Time is indicated by a shooting-star symbol rotating around the dial’s circumference. Leveraging the brand’s specialty in jewelry, each of the planets are represented by precious and semi-precious stones, ranging from red jasper to serpentine and turquoise. An even more extravagant edition is available with baguette-cut diamonds set into the bezel.
The planet module was designed by Christian van der Klaauw, renowned for his movements featuring astronomical indications. The movement is self-winding and contains 396 components. The case is 44 mm in diameter and made of rose gold. The dial is made of aventurine and the planets of semiprecious stones. Price: about $245,000; a diamond-set version will be about $330,000.
astronaut selfies: chris hadfield, andré kuipers, karen l. nyberg, leland melvin, kevin ford, leroy chiao, clayton anderson, and don pettit. apparently there was a time when astronauts were feted as national heroes and celebrities. when and why, excatly, did this stop? i suppose chris hadfield is pretty famous now. but he’s not an astronaut anymore. anyways, i’m tagging this celebrity. ball’s in your court, celebrity tag editors.
it’s worth noting that the bubbles act as a lense, reversing and inverting the image. it’s also worth noting that both andre and clayton are seen through an air bubble within the water blob. here are two videos by don pettit aboard the ISS playing/experimenting with a water bubble in micro gravity, which are as much fun to listen to as to watch.
"equipped with their five senses, humans explore the universe around them and call the adventure science" - edwin hubble
The river hiccups like a zipper on an old coat.
Mr Hadfield, how did they find someone who could withstand the harsh environment of space but who also had such a charming way with words
I’m so glad they did, because I love you, and I cannot overestimate the importance of the work you do in making us earthlings aware of the beauties of our planet and the weird world you’re inhabiting currently, but
Almost time to leave Station. Hard to express all of my emotions, but mostly gratitude. I came here on behalf of so many people - thank you.
The ethereal wisp of cloud over water, white on blue, to the eternal blackness of the universe.
The full moon rises over the only planet we have ever called home.
Neil Armstrong: A giant among men. (x)
I particularly enjoyed my last reblogged post of Mungo Thomsons font study of Time magazine. so i explored some of his other works; here is one of them:
“When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” - Neil DeGrasse Tyson [x]
An amazing collection of trippy, dreamy drawings from 70s-era NASA, reminding us that, “Though they’re often silly in retrospect, concept designs are a powerful tool. They’re lucid dreaming that the public gets to share in.”