Tuesday, June 30, 2009



Magical Mount Fuji.

Credit: NASA

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ulysses bites the stardust

Ulysses bites the stardust

Credit: ESA

"Ulysses is the first spacecraft to survey the environment in space above and below the poles of the Sun in the four dimensions of space and time. Among many other ground-breaking results, the hugely successful mission showed that the Sun's magnetic field is carried into the Solar System in a more complicated manner than previously believed. "

After one year prolongation ESA and NASA have jointly decided to put Ulysses on 'monitor' mode only from June 30th 2009. Ulysses finally bites the stardust.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sun burns tracks

Traces of Sun

Credit: Maciej ZapiĆ³r

Tracks of Sun

This is what the Sun leaves behind on the sky if you look trough a can...Awesome photography!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Super Massive Black Hole - Blue Blop

Blop, Blop...Lyman Alpha Blop

Who can resist a Super Massive Black Hole - with a Blop!

Not Me!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mars in Infrared

Pastel Mars

Credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University

Colors giving information about the variations in composition of the Mars surface. Pretty neat -. even if it isn't all blue...:-)

Stellar Violence

Stellar Violence

Credit: ESO
The Arches Cluster

Looks pretty!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Persian Gulf from Space

Oil Land in The Ocean

Credit: JAXA, ESA

'Fake' island in the Persian Gulf - another oil 'country'.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Mars Art

Mars Art

Valleys Carved into Elysium Mons
Credits: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/HiRise

HiRise produces the most wonderful pieces of Mars Art. Again and again.

London Curry

London Curry


Because of the curry hunt I now HAVE to revisit London. That and perhaps the Dunhuang starmap on exhibition at The British Library. But definitely because of The Big Curry Hunt.

This is the best restaurant guide ever. By far. Even if you hate Indian food or any kind of curry dish, you gotta like the writing on The Big Curry Hunt.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dunhuang Star Map


Gorgeous ancient Chinese star map. :-)

Mars Lake

Mars Lake


Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Vela - Supernova Remnant

Credit: Thomas V Davis

Monday, June 15, 2009

Velvet Iris


Incredible Iris!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Stellare's Week-End Car - Special Educational Edition

One of my current projects is explaining what a climatologist is. There is so much confusion concerning climate change and who's right and who's got it all wrong I thought I'd help out with a clear definition of climatology and who among us can call ourselves climatologist. At least we can identify the experts, I thought...

I had no idea I would need to define what a car is, though. I thought it was a pretty straight forward concept, but clearly I am totally out of touch with reality. I found the ultimate proof of my need of disillusion reading Xineann's ideas of a car.

So, back to basics, folks. Here are the main means of transportation. I limit myself to stay on planet Earth (that is including the near atmosphere, mind you). Being me I have chosen illustrative examples capable of the most delightful acceleration.

Boats - transport you on water (normally - we've seen James Bond attempting using boats on land as well, but that is rather the exception).

Sailing Hobie Cat

I used to sail Hobie Cat when I was younger. Let me tell you, we totally 'killed' the wind-surfers - and they were understandably so pissed. I don't think you can get a more intimate connection with acceleration and speed than when sailing a catamaran.

Trains - transport you on land on predefined tracks.


Here is the world's fastest train (in regular traffic); the Shanghai Maglev. Totally awesome. Totally levitating. I went to Shanghai just to take a ride on this one. Twice.

Cars - transport you on land on predefined tracks called roads - though oftentimes less well defined as railroad tracks.

Fast car

SSC Ultimate Aero

This is what normally appears on Stellare's Week-end Car here represented by the fastest car in 2007-2008. Blue, of course.

Planes - transport you in the near Earth atmosphere. In principle without tracks and thus free to move in all three dimensions. However, due to heavy traffic in the air their paths are highly regulated (except over The Panhandle, Texas, USA).

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Europe from Space

Credit: ESA

Excellent shot of Europe. :-)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stars in Blue

Stars in Blue

Stars in BlueStars in Blue

Earth Shaking

Shake Ya A..ahem..Earth!

Credit: James Canvin

I give you the next episode of A Green Space - A Green Earth where I talk about earthquakes and how space based Earth observations are saving our a...es. Well, some of us and even more in the future. When I'm not surfing the social internets, I'm contemplating over how the hell we can use GPS to spot a naughty fault before it starts shaking...Sort of. :-)

Bubble Fun

Bubbles in Space

Somebody told me there was a bubble day....:-)

There are bubbles in cosmic champagne, too. :-)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Funny Asteroids

Funny Peanuts?

Nope. Asteroids, dude!

Blue Ladies Tiles

Ladies in Blue

Tiling Up! :-)

She makes pretty things - everywhere.

Blue Sun

Sun in Blue

Credits: SOHO

Friday, June 5, 2009

Arctic Cooperation

Hectic Arctic

Cartographer: Hugo Ahlenius

Cooperative criss crossing in the Arctic! Yet another set of gorgeous maps from one of my favorite cartographer - at Nordpil.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New Entanglements?

Captivating Entanglements

or something...

I love, love, love physics! :-)

Entangled atoms?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Chilling Cat

An example to follow...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

In The Future...

Me in A Zillion Years...:-)

Well, at least I plan to reach a 100...and I will play with the gadget whatever they may be by that time. Maybe a personal rocket I could take for spin in the Universe. Fly myself to the Moon...:-)