Last week, the ESA released unprecedented images of a long, meandering river on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. Most likely the river flows with ethane or methane, and might be slightly viscous like oil. Now, space artist Ron Miller has created these gorgeous up-close visions of the river from Titan’s surface.
See more of Ron Miller’s amazing work on his website.
Wow, wow, wow, wow. Beautiful vision. I wondered about this when I wrote: “Titan’s ‘Nile River’ Discovered”
I’m debating whether or not to save them for Christmas. We don’t do Christmas gifts, we usually opt out of that and save our money for weekend trips/adventures. But one little gift wouldn’t hurt, amirite?
Space Shot of the Day: Leonids Meteor Shower
The earth’s sky is open for double feature this week, first with the rare sighting of a total solar eclipse in Australia on Wednesday, and now one of the most spectacular meteor shower’s return for its annual November show. Commonly known as Leonids, reports of the celestial storm have been recorded as early as the 10th century and its most prolific shower in 1833 saw as many as 100,000 meteors per hour. The photograph (shown left) was taken by Fred Aspenak in November 2001.
For a better view, check out the telescopic recording of the shower provided by NASA’s Marshall Center.
Space Shot of the Day is a feature series following the latest developments in planetary science, astrophotography, space exploration, future plans for colonization and all things related to outer space.
Space Shot of the Day: 100,000 Stars
If you’re running on Chrome browser, check out Google’s latest Experiment project that visualizes the precise location of at least 100,000 stars in our Milky Way galaxy, using various imagery and data pulled from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). For your frame of reference, there are approximately 200 to 400 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy.