Visualization Depicting the Universe

super-Earth planet loses its atmosphere

Visualization and Reality A planetarium colleague of mine posted a comment on Facebook about how he was accused of “faking data” as he described immersive storytelling on their institution’s dome through visualization.  Essentially, he was using star motion as a metaphor for the passage of time (as he explained it). … Continue reading

Gravitational Waves Are Found Again!

When two black holes merge, gravitational waves ripple outward as the black holes spiral toward each other. The black holes — which represent those detected by LIGO on Dec. 26, 2015, formed a single black hole 21 times the mass of the Sun. In reality, the area near the black holes would appear highly warped, and the gravitational waves would be too small to see.

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Second Gravitational Waves Detection for LIGO They’ve done it again over at LIGO. Scientists  in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration detected the faint, almost imperceptible gravitational waves from yet another black hole merger. Rumors have been flying the past few days about this (the first detection was … Continue reading

Opportunity Phones Home; Sends Great Image

opportunity rover

A Visual Message from the Opportunity Rover Opportunity is one of the hardest-working public servants in the solar system. For years it has been on Mars, wheeling across the surface and sending back little missives that might look like this if it were a faithful employee out in the field: “Sol 4332: … Continue reading