Why Use the Fine China When You Have These Awesome Planetary Plates?

Back when Pluto had some status in our solar system, a handy way to remember the names of the planets was the 'My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas' mnemonic, where the first letter of each word represented each celestial orb. But it's just confusing now that Pluto's gone, so maybe a set of planet-themed… » 3/31/14 6:51pm 3/31/14 6:51pm

A Month on the Space Subsite

It's a few days short of a full month, but I'll be daring and give you the March-summary anyway. After staring with AstroSloth, I'll give you a peek behind the scenes at the traffic patterns for the Space subsite in terms of geography, chronology, and content. » 3/30/14 8:04pm 3/30/14 8:04pm

Three weeks with the Space subsite

Turns out, major groundbreaking discoveries in cosmology are really good for traffic. This week Space broke daily traffic record with 43.8k US uniques, then the next day broke records again with 47.9k. Alas, I have a sneaking suspicion this strategy will not work on a monthly basis... » 3/23/14 12:57pm 3/23/14 12:57pm

Explore the Moon's North Pole Without Having to Get Up

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has provided enough images for scientists to create an interactive mosaic of the moon's North Pole and surrounding region. The scale is 6.5 feet per pixel, which means that the mosaic covers an area equal to a quarter of the United States, which is 948,800 square miles… » 3/18/14 12:39pm 3/18/14 12:39pm