ThinkGeek flattened the Earth, along with Mars and Jupiter to come up with these cool and cozy fleece blankets. Each blanket measures 60″ in diameter and is based on images taken by NASA.
Order the blankets from ThinkGeek for $30(USD) each.
Not all Earth-sized planets are Earth-like. Take for instance the planet Kepler 78b, it’s Earth like in size but orbits too close to its parent star for any chances supporting life as we know it. That doesn’t mean there’s not a huge number of Earth-like planets orbiting in the right temperature zone around their stars in our solar system alone that are both Earth-like in size and orbit a parent star in the Goldilocks zone.
I’m not a huge fan of heights. It’s not necessarily that I’m afraid of being up high, I simply dislike the thought of an abrupt stop if I should fall from some undisclosed height. This is the reason I could never venture tens of thousands of feet into the air in a gigantic capsule suspended underneath a massive helium balloon.
NASA says that the Earth is in no danger, but an asteroid will come very close to Earth in the cosmic scale of things. The asteroid is called YU55 and it will streak by Earth closer than the moon’s orbit next week.
A while back, I told you about a little solar system clock from Japan. It didn’t accurately represent the positions of the planets or anything but the time of day (and I’m not even sure it did that right).
This watch uses a tiny globe to tell the time instead of conventional hour and minute hands.
As each hour passes, the globe gradually rotates around the North Pole, making a full revolution every 24 hours.
Bring the solar system into your living room with these floating lights from Japan’s TakaraTomy.
These Fuwarito lamps look like the earth and the moon, but are just simple helium-filled mylar balloons with an LED built into the bottom.