Chris Petescia

Co-founder of Carrot Creative, design geek, practical hippie, music enthusiast and generally creative individual who finds inspiration through imagination.

Located in Park Slope & DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY.
Dreaming in a galaxy far, far away....

 

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This is nuts - so cool

100,000 Stars: A Google Chrome Experiment
This is stunning. I have not been able to close the tab for 2 days now…
Experience or Learn More

100,000 Stars: A Google Chrome Experiment

This is stunning. I have not been able to close the tab for 2 days now…

Experience or Learn More

A great argument for taking action vs not in the Climate Change “debate.”

Please watch. Then, share.

Read more here (book available on eco-friendly kindle ;)

via lorrainecink

inothernews:

SMOKE MONSTER   It was late in the northern martian spring when the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spied this local denizen. Tracking south and east (down and right) across the flat, dust-covered Amazonis Planitia the core of the whirling dust devil is about 30 meters in diameter, while its plume reaches about 800 feet into the thin Martian atmosphere.  (Photo via NASA APOD)
I’ve posted this before but it’s just so freakin’ beautiful.

inothernews:

SMOKE MONSTER   It was late in the northern martian spring when the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spied this local denizen. Tracking south and east (down and right) across the flat, dust-covered Amazonis Planitia the core of the whirling dust devil is about 30 meters in diameter, while its plume reaches about 800 feet into the thin Martian atmosphere.  (Photo via NASA APOD)

I’ve posted this before but it’s just so freakin’ beautiful.

Brand new exoplanet discovered on a BBC program about hunting for exoplanets

iheartchaos:

Earlier this week, the BBC ran the show Stargazing Live for three consecutive nights, asking viewers to examine the live telescope observations around the world and look for anything that might be an exoplanet. And after hundreds of thousands of responses, it looks like someone discovered a new exoplanet because of the show.

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thegrazing:

Two stories, one of science & one of Sci-fi about the planet Jupiter from the good peeps at Blastr.
NASA reveals: We’re going to Jupiter!
The way things have been going lately over at NASA, it often seems like we’d be lucky just to see another moon mission before we all die. But some NASA researchers are still aiming high, beyond our own moon and beyond even Mars. That’s right; it’s time to land something on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.
 
Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are working on a concept for a mission that would send two identical landers (in case one breaks down) to Europa to find out just how inhabitable the moon might be. Though we’ve spent a lot of time trying to determine whether Mars once supported life (or still does), some researchers see Europa—and the possible liquid water lurking beneath its surface—as the best bet in our solar system for life beyond Earth.
 
“Europa, I think, is the premier place to go for extant life,” said Kevin Hand of the JPL. “Europa really does give us this opportunity to look for living life in the ocean that is there today, and has been there for much of the history of the solar system.”
 
Each of the robotic landers would weigh just over 700 pounds and be decked out with equipment including seismometers, cameras and mass spectrometers to detect organic chemicals on Europa, if they’re there. Because of the constant flow of powerful radiation hitting Europa courtesy of Jupiter—and because fitting the landers with radiation shields is expensive and makes the journey more difficult—each robot would have a working lifespan of about seven days.
 
Hand stressed that if the mission gets off the ground—and it’s really only a conceptual thing at the moment—it would only be for “habitability” purposes. It’s about discovering if a support system for any kind of life could exist on Europa, not about proving that life is or was there.
 
The cost of the mission could come in at anywhere between $800 million and $2 billion, making it cheaper than NASA’s other potential Jupiter Europa Orbiter mission, which would cost about $4.7 billion and wouldn’t actually land anything on the moon’s surface. If the landers go from concept to reality, they would launch sometime in 2020 and reach Europa for landing around 2026.
 
So, if we make it to Jupiter (or rather, one of its moons), what might we find?
 
(via Yahoo)
The Wachowskis want Natalie Portman for their next sci-fi epic
Andy and Lana Wachowski haven’t made a film based on their own original material since Matrix Revolutions in 2003, so we’ve been keen to find out anything we can about their next flick, the mysterious Jupiter Ascending. We still don’t know what it’s about, but at least we know who the Wachowskis want to star: their V for Vendetta collaborator Natalie Portman.
 
The Wachowskis just wrapped on their adaptation of David Mitchell’s sci-fi/historical epic Cloud Atlas, and they’re looking to get rolling on Jupiter Ascending by this fall. That means casting needs to happen soon, and 24 Frames has heard that Portman is at the top of the list.
 
If she takes the part, Jupiter Ascending would be the first major project Portman has taken on since 2010. Her only 2011 releases—No Strings Attached, Your Highness andThor—were films she made before she was pregnant with her son. She was five months pregnant when she picked up the Best Actress Oscar last year for Black Swan, so she opted for time with her baby over using her Oscar momentum to pick up another major project, even turning down a role in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity that Sandra Bullock ended up landing.According to 24 Frames’ source, Portman is “seriously weighing taking the part.” We don’t know what “the part” is yet, since the Wachowskis continue to keep the project under very tight wraps, but if she takes it, it could be a major relaunch for the actress. The only other things on her plate right now are a documentary about veganism and a return to Marvel’s Thor 2, but neither of those offer starring roles. After a year out of the spotlight, Jupiter Ascending could the Black Swan followup we’ve all been waiting for from Natalie Portman.
(24 Frames via Collider)

thegrazing:

Two stories, one of science & one of Sci-fi about the planet Jupiter from the good peeps at Blastr.

NASA reveals: We’re going to Jupiter!

The way things have been going lately over at NASA, it often seems like we’d be lucky just to see another moon mission before we all die. But some NASA researchers are still aiming high, beyond our own moon and beyond even Mars. That’s right; it’s time to land something on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.

 

Researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are working on a concept for a mission that would send two identical landers (in case one breaks down) to Europa to find out just how inhabitable the moon might be. Though we’ve spent a lot of time trying to determine whether Mars once supported life (or still does), some researchers see Europa—and the possible liquid water lurking beneath its surface—as the best bet in our solar system for life beyond Earth.

 

“Europa, I think, is the premier place to go for extant life,” said Kevin Hand of the JPL. “Europa really does give us this opportunity to look for living life in the ocean that is there today, and has been there for much of the history of the solar system.”

 

Each of the robotic landers would weigh just over 700 pounds and be decked out with equipment including seismometers, cameras and mass spectrometers to detect organic chemicals on Europa, if they’re there. Because of the constant flow of powerful radiation hitting Europa courtesy of Jupiter—and because fitting the landers with radiation shields is expensive and makes the journey more difficult—each robot would have a working lifespan of about seven days.

 

Hand stressed that if the mission gets off the ground—and it’s really only a conceptual thing at the moment—it would only be for “habitability” purposes. It’s about discovering if a support system for any kind of life could exist on Europa, not about proving that life is or was there.

 

The cost of the mission could come in at anywhere between $800 million and $2 billion, making it cheaper than NASA’s other potential Jupiter Europa Orbiter mission, which would cost about $4.7 billion and wouldn’t actually land anything on the moon’s surface. If the landers go from concept to reality, they would launch sometime in 2020 and reach Europa for landing around 2026.

 

So, if we make it to Jupiter (or rather, one of its moons), what might we find?

 

(via Yahoo)

The Wachowskis want Natalie Portman for their next sci-fi epic

Andy and Lana Wachowski haven’t made a film based on their own original material since Matrix Revolutions in 2003, so we’ve been keen to find out anything we can about their next flick, the mysterious Jupiter Ascending. We still don’t know what it’s about, but at least we know who the Wachowskis want to star: their V for Vendetta collaborator Natalie Portman.

 

The Wachowskis just wrapped on their adaptation of David Mitchell’s sci-fi/historical epic Cloud Atlas, and they’re looking to get rolling on Jupiter Ascending by this fall. That means casting needs to happen soon, and 24 Frames has heard that Portman is at the top of the list.

 

If she takes the part, Jupiter Ascending would be the first major project Portman has taken on since 2010. Her only 2011 releases—No Strings AttachedYour Highness andThor—were films she made before she was pregnant with her son. She was five months pregnant when she picked up the Best Actress Oscar last year for Black Swan, so she opted for time with her baby over using her Oscar momentum to pick up another major project, even turning down a role in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity that Sandra Bullock ended up landing.

According to 24 Frames’ source, Portman is “seriously weighing taking the part.” We don’t know what “the part” is yet, since the Wachowskis continue to keep the project under very tight wraps, but if she takes it, it could be a major relaunch for the actress. The only other things on her plate right now are a documentary about veganism and a return to Marvel’s Thor 2, but neither of those offer starring roles. After a year out of the spotlight, Jupiter Ascending could the Black Swan followup we’ve all been waiting for from Natalie Portman.

(24 Frames via Collider)


Astronomers report that they have taken the measure of the biggest, baddest black holes yet found in the universe, abyssal yawns 10 times the size of our solar system into which billions of Suns have vanished like a guilty thought.

One of these monsters, which weighs as much as 21 billion Suns, is in an egg-shaped swirl of stars known as NGC 4889, the brightest galaxy in a sprawling cloud of thousands of galaxies about 336 million light-years away in the Coma constellation.

The other black hole, a graveyard for the equivalent of 9.7 billion Suns, more or less, lurks in the center of NGC 3842, a galaxy that anchors another cluster known as Abell 1367, 331 million light-years away in Leo.

“These are the most massive reliably-measured black holes ever,” said Nicholas J. McConnell, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, in an e-mail, referring to the new observations.

These results are more than just cool and record-setting. Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope over the years have shown that such monster black holes seem to inhabit the centers of all galaxies — the bigger the galaxy, the bigger the black hole. Researchers said that the new work could shed light on the role these black holes play in the formation and evolution of galaxies.

The New York Times, “Astronomers Find Biggest Black Holes Yet.”

Prepare the red matter!!!  OH WAIT RED MATTER WON’T MATTER!

(via inothernews)