The End of Cassini

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NASA’s Cassini probe ended its mission to explore Saturn this week as it was commanded to fly into Saturn’s atmosphere, where it broke apart. This moment ended a momentous 17 years of Saturnian exploration.

The Cassini-Huygens mission was one of the most significant space exploration missions ever accomplished, with an incredible amount of data gained and discoveries made about Saturn and its many moons.

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We are at the Mercy of the Universe

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The solar eclipse which was seen across the United States last week completely disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people. The eclipse is completely unavoidable, there is literally nothing humanity as a whole could do about it. It is a reminder of the relative insignificance of humanity as a whole – we may consider ourselves masters of Earth, but every now and then something will remind us of our true place in the Universe.

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Viewing Major Events with Google Street View

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Google Street View is an amazing tool that allows you to explore vast swathes of the world from the comfort of your own home.

There is a feature of Street View that I don’t believe a lot of people are aware of – the ability to view past street view images. This is a really neat feature that allows you to see just how much things can change over time.

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Historical Map Videos

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I really like maps and I find history very interesting, so a particular genre of YouTube video which I especially enjoy is historical map videos.

These videos show historical events such as wars, expansions of empires, or the spreading of culture and religion on a map over a certain time period.

These videos are very helpful in illustrating historical events in a way that is accessible and easy to understand.

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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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