Tomorrow is the vernal equinox! You might think that it’s simply the mid-point between each solstice, but that’s not exactly correct. Joe Hanson, host of It’s Okay to be Smart, explains.
Who says that science fiction publishing is dead? Not Orbit Books. The Hachette company announced yesterday that they were expanding their SF/F line by 50% next year to publish a whopping 90 books starting in 2016.
What a hypnotizing look at the red planet. We get to see the view that ESA’s Mars Express see as it explores Mars, specifically a stunning look from orbit. I just love seeing it spin and twirl and then zoom in and then repeat the beautiful process all over again. I can see this in my dreams.
Congratulations: perhaps you’re a new space-faring nation, looking to place a shiny new payload around the planet Earth. You’ve assembled the technical know-how, and seek to break the surly bonds and join an exclusive club that thus far, only contains 14 nations capable of indigenous spaceflight. Now for the big…
Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA's mission to Mars is humanity's most important endeavor yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it's like to explore the Final Frontier.
Since it seems like every company and its mother-company has a fitness tracker these days, it's refreshing when we see one that actually brings something unique to the table. Runtastic (the company behind my current favorite running app) has a new tracker called the Orbit. It's different!
If you think a fancy new lid is the only way you can upgrade a disposable coffee cup, you clearly haven't seen what ad agency DDB came up with for a South African chain called the Seattle Coffee Co. For a limited time its paper sleeves that prevent burns (and lawsuits) were upgraded with a free sample of Orbit mint gum
After NASA imposed sanctions on cooperating with Russia, a Russian official joked that these sanctions would strand astronauts on the International Space Station. The taunts escalated to instructing NASA to teach its astronauts to use a trampoline to reach orbit. Could it work?
Yesterday afternoon's Soyuz launch has hit a snag. A thruster misfire means the planned six-hour flight, delivering U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev to the International Space Station, will now take two days. Talk about a terrifying flight delay.
Why waste counter space with separate bottles of both olive oil and balsamic vinegar when the talented folks at XD Design have come up with a better all-in-one solution? Their Orbit features a pair of mouth blown glass globes sitting inside each other, keeping the two liquids separate—while also playing up the fact…
It's what the New York Times calls "the latest in a parade of spacecraft falling from the sky": the imminent crash of the European Space Agency's Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite (or GOCE).
Summer is really over. For real. Today. No. Stop making cutoffs. Actually, if you're in the southern hemisphere summer is just beginning. You may proceed. The Earth will reach the equinox at 4:44 EST and the Slooh Space Camera is livestreaming now. If you haven't started talking about nutmeg and using words like…
The sun's light feels pretty good, doesn't it? Fool! That warming light is the sun's method of destroying you. Using its light, it is slowly forcing you to fall inwards, where you will burn. Burn! This trap is the result of the Poynting-Robertson Effect, which causes all the objects in the solar system, especially the…
The best place to watch the stars isn't on Earth, but just outside, where the atmosphere doesn't get in the way of the view. Photographer Alex Rivest spliced together images taken from the International Space Station, enhancing the natural brilliance of the lights and giving us a peek at how astronauts see the stars.
It never fails. Every month or so, the astronauts at the International Space Station capture Earth in the most amazing, astonishing, rock-your-socks-off way imaginable. Every time it's better than the previous one. This one is the current winner by far.
Another sign that electronic publishing is providing a huge boost to short fiction: Orbit Books announced it's expanding its Orbit Short Fiction program, releasing stories simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. Says Orbit Vice President and Publisher Tim Holman:
Just like the rendering from last year, the now completed ArcelorMittal Orbit looks like a brain-liquifying roller coaster. Or a metal spaghetti monster twice the size of the Eiffel Tower, stranded in the rainy city, sad and confused.
Exoplanet Kepler-19b orbits its star in ways that violate the laws of physics, speeding up and slowing down its orbit for no apparent reason. The only explanation is a second, hidden planet...making it the first "phantom" exoplanet ever found.
Nathan Bergey wanted to know when that manmade wonder, the International Space Station, was shooting by above his head in orbit, so he did what any skilled tinkerer would do: He built a lamp that lights up whenever it's overhead.
This high definition short is a fascinating document. Narrated by NASA's Dr. Justin Wilkinson, it shows a tour of planet Earth as seen by astronauts, explaining what are the places that they first focus on while in orbit.