Visualization Explorer for the iPad - Home The NASA Visualization Explorer features visualizations, animations and images of our sun and the universe. Story topics include findings from NASA spacecraft exploring Earth, the planets and beyond. World premiere content delivered right to your fingertips produced exclusively for the NASA Visualization Explorer app.
Solar System Scope How NASA Makes Scientific Data Beautiful How do you make education interesting and, more importantly, beautiful? When it comes to the work of NASA, attracting enthusiasts isn't difficult with the usual visuals of bright stars and colorful planets on hand. Look no further than the recent awe over Mars rover Curiosity's high-res pictures to see proof of humanity's fascination with space. But not all of NASA's data is packaged into a neat little photos. The SVS is not only an active and creative tool for NASA outreach — it has even gone viral. "I think scientists have an amazing internal world — they think about these things and how they work," says Dr. Mashable spoke with Mitchell about Perpetual Ocean and how to bring beauty to educational information. How did Perpetual Ocean come about? We're tasked to visualize massive results of all kinds for the purposes of public outreach. One of those things we thought we couldn't do was anything that involved a flow field — an ocean current or wind, for example. What's next for SVS?
WFCAM Science Archive UKIDSS Galactic Plane Survey (GPS) Mosaic - DR7 The main window below displays a 6 billion pixel (1 arcsec pixels) mosaic of the GPS (centre: l=52, b=0 (109 > l > 0 ,360 > l > 355 and -2.5 < b < +2.5). Use the controls in the main window or the mouse (click&drag ) to move around the image and zoom in and out. Other versions: dr6 release dr4 release dr3 release dr2 release Details on the mosaic and its constructionWSA home Credits: The underlying blocks used to construct the mosaic were made using TERAPIX software, namely SWarp and STIFF (Emmanuel BERTIN). Asteroid Watch Recent News February 5, 2015NASA's Dawn spacecraft, on approach to dwarf planet Ceres, has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of this mysterious world. › Read more January 27, 2015NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. › Read more January 22, 2015There has been a significant increase in the amount of water "pouring" out of the Rosetta mission's comet. › Read more › More news Next Five Close Approaches Average distance between Earth and the moon is about 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers). The Asteroid Watch Widget tracks asteroids and comets that will make relatively close approaches to Earth. The Widget displays the next five Earth approaches to within 4.6 million miles (7.5 million kilometers or 19.5 times the distance to the moon); an object larger than about 150 meters that can approach the Earth to within this distance is termed a potentially hazardous object.
Social Media Portraits Of 11 Cities, Mapped As Digital Sunflowers In mathematics, there is a particularly beautiful equation called the Vogel Spiral. To a nonmathematical mind, the formula seems arcane and impenetrable, but give it to a programmer and they can unfurl its variables until it precisely models the interconnecting spirals that form the pattern of florets in the head of a sunflower. For years, U.K. designer Brendan Dawes has been drawn to the Vogel Spiral. In 2007, he first experimented with an Adobe Flash–based navigation system built on the algorithm. In late October last year, British mobile carrier Everything Everywhere (EE) went live with its 4G LTE service in 11 cities: London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, and Southampton. The result was a series of stunning data visualizations, which Dawes calls Digital City Portraits, but are really social media sunflowers. On the phone, Dawes can be both self-effacing and lyrical about his approach to data visualization.
ROSAT Re-entry ROSAT (short for Röntgensatellit, in German X-rays are called Röntgenstrahlen, in honour of Wilhelm Röntgen) is a defunct German Aerospace Center-led satellite X-ray telescope, with instruments built by Germany, the UK and the US. It was launched on 1 June 1990, on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, on what was initially designed as an 18 month mission, with provision for up to 5 years of operation. ROSAT actually operated for over 8 years, finally shutting down on 12 February 1999. ROSAT is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere between October 21 and 23 2011. (from Wikipedia) Links "Live" Stats These sites do on demand calculations of satellite position based on an observer's location and recent satellite elements (via NORAD). Guide to viewing ROSAT in Orbit Before re-entry, as with other satellites, ROSAT will be visible from occasionally depending on your location, satellite position and time of day. Re-Entry Predictions Who does this? Current Estimation FAA issues NOTAM:! Twitter
Top 10 Cool Facts about Space Space There is still so little known about outer space by modern science, but of that little we do know, there are some extraordinarily amazing things. This is a list of the top 10 cool facts about Space. 10. Fact: If you put Saturn in water it would float The density of Saturn is so low that if you were to put it in a giant glass of water it would float. 9. Fact: We are moving through space at the rate of 530km a second Our Galaxy – the Milky Way is spinning at a rate of 225 kilometers per second. 8. Fact: The moon is drifting away from Earth Every year the moon moves about 3.8cm further away from the Earth. 7. Fact: The light hitting the earth right now is 30 thousand years old The energy in the sunlight we see today started out in the core of the Sun 30,000 years ago – it spent most of this time passing through the dense atoms that make the sun and just 8 minutes to reach us once it had left the Sun! 6. Fact: The Sun loses up to a billion kilograms a second due to solar winds 5. 4. 3. 2.
Algorithmically-generated artworks comprise ‘average’ of faces from movies Two artists have created a series of pieces that use facial recognition to detect all of the faces in movies and then creates an average of all the found faces. The result is series of ghostly images representing films including Black Swan, Avatar, The Matrix and Mission: Impossible. Shinseungback Kimyonghun -- a Seoul-based artistic collaboration made up of Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun -- created a piece of software that could extract the "identity" of a film. It worked by detecting faces every 24 frames of a movie and then creating an average of all of the faces found in the frame. These faces were then layered over each other to create an average image for the entire movie. The artists told Wired.co.uk that the project -- called Portrait -- is a natural extension of their exploration of computer vision over the last few years. "We were already familiar with this [overlaying and averaging] technique.
Stellarium Synesthesia Spotlight: Visualizing Music by Maria Popova What Vivaldi has to do with motion graphics, John Coltrane and skyscrapers of color. Synesthesia is a rare neurological condition that leads stimulation in one sensory pathway to trigger an experience in another. Basically, a short-circuiting in the brain that enables such strange phenomena like perceiving letters and numbers as inherently colored (color-graphemic synesthesia) or hearing sounds in response to visual motion. More than 60 types of synesthesia have been identified, with one of the most common being the cross-sensory experience of color and sound — “hearing” color or “seeing” music. These neurological eccentricities, however, can often be a source of tremendous artistic inspiration. Israeli artist and jazz musician Michal Levy (who also happens to be a dear friend) is an actual synesthetic: When she listens to music, she sees shapes and colors as different tones, pitches, frequencies, harmonies, and other elements of the melody unfold. Share on Tumblr