Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

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No image of Jupiter is complete without showing a big red smudge on it. This smudge is Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a tremendous storm which has been raging for centuries on end.

The storm has been in the news in the last few days as a spacecraft has just made the closest pass over it of any spacecraft that has visited Jupiter.

This feature of Jupiter is perhaps one of the most spectacular phenomena in the solar system.

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The Loneliest Man in the Universe

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When you think of Apollo 11, the first moon landing, for many two people come to mind: Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon, and Buzz Aldrin, the second man to land on the moon.

There were actually three crewmembers aboard Apollo 11. Michael Collins also went to the moon; however he did not have the opportunity to walk on the surface like Armstrong and Aldrin.

As such, he is not as well-known as the other two.

He also holds the distinction for, at one point, being the loneliest man in the universe.

So why is this?

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How did historical cultures view celestial events?

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I wrote last week on what it would be like to view a supernova, as well as describing accounts of supernovae that have occurred through history.

What must historical cultures have thought of events like supernovae, comets, or eclipses, before the scientific understanding of what these things actually were came to light?

I believe a lot of religious and mythological stories had their origins with these types of events.

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Photos from the Space Station

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that right at this very moment, there are people flying around the Earth up in space. But there has been a continuous human presence in space since the first International Space Station expedition in 2000.

I follow the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet on Flickr, who has just returned from a six-month stint on the station, and while there was constantly taking gorgeous photos of the Earth.

Here are some of my favourite photos that he took while he was up there.

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