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Ecophreek - september 3 at 18:30
I've updated solar system Orikot
Ecophreek - september 3 at 18:30
I've updated solar system Orikot
Scoutdude - july 9 at 7:03
I've updated planet Lofluer in system SAB364
Scoutdude - july 9 at 7:03
I've updated planet Lofluer in system SAB364
Scoutdude - july 9 at 6:19
I've updated solar system SAB36
Scoutdude - july 9 at 6:19
I've updated solar system SAB36
Scoutdude - july 9 at 6:19
I've updated planet Wodier in system SAB364
Scoutdude - july 9 at 6:19
I've updated planet Wodier in system SAB364
Scoutdude - july 9 at 6:09
I've updated planet Ereknoreder in system SAB364
Scoutdude - july 9 at 6:09
I've updated planet Ereknoreder in system SAB364
Scoutdude - july 9 at 6:06
I've updated planet Kezedkeede in system SAB364
Scoutdude - july 9 at 6:06
I've updated planet Kezedkeede in system SAB364
Aditya2075 - july 3 at 6:32
I've updated planet Sorguin in system Ekhia
Aditya2075 - july 3 at 6:32
I've updated planet Sorguin in system Ekhia
Ecophreek - july 1 at 17:41
I've updated solar system Harvest Home
Ecophreek - july 1 at 17:41
I've updated solar system Harvest Home
Neuraxis001 - april 30 at 22:51
I've updated planet DwKriohl.4 in system DwKriohl
Neuraxis001 - april 30 at 22:51
I've updated planet DwKriohl.4 in system DwKriohl
Neuraxis001 - april 30 at 22:36
I've updated planet DwKriohl.7 in system DwKriohl
Neuraxis001 - april 30 at 22:36
I've updated planet DwKriohl.7 in system DwKriohl
King1178 - april 24 at 20:33
I've updated planet Chakravan in system Auravos
King1178 - april 24 at 20:33
I've updated planet Chakravan in system Auravos
Aditya2075 - april 12 at 13:54
I've updated planet LEA982.4 in system LEA982
Aditya2075 - april 12 at 13:54
I've updated planet LEA982.4 in system LEA982
Aditya2075 - april 12 at 13:49
I've updated planet LEA982.11 in system LEA982
Aditya2075 - april 12 at 13:49
I've updated planet LEA982.11 in system LEA982
Aditya2075 - april 12 at 13:49
I've updated planet LEA982.10 in system LEA982
Aditya2075 - april 12 at 13:49
I've updated planet LEA982.10 in system LEA982
Aditya2075 - april 12 at 13:48
I've updated planet LEA982.9 in system LEA982
Aditya2075 - april 12 at 13:48
I've updated planet LEA982.9 in system LEA982
Stanjer - march 18 at 7:52
I've updated solar system xek star
Stanjer - march 18 at 7:52
I've updated solar system xek star
Wert - march 7 at 14:23
I've updated planet Rilos in system Tomb Star 1
Wert - march 7 at 14:23
I've updated planet Rilos in system Tomb Star 1
Wert - march 7 at 14:20
I've updated solar system Wert Thant
Wert - march 7 at 14:20
I've updated solar system Wert Thant
Wert - march 7 at 14:03
I've updated planet Dekunu in system Esperan
Wert - march 7 at 14:03
I've updated planet Dekunu in system Esperan

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Captain Kirk: A Short Biography

22. january 2008, by joskirps

James Tiberius Kirk, better known as "Captain Kirk", was born on March 22, 2233 in Riverside, Iowa, and died in 2293 at age 60 (and died a second time in 2371 - read the entire article to learn how and why...).Captain KirkKirk's parents were George Samuel Kirk and Winona Kirk, his family owned a farmhouse in Riverside featuring a wrap-around veranda that had views of both the English River and the Iowa River to the east.His brother George Samuel, Jr. and his sister-in-law Aurelan Kirk died during the invasion of neural parasites on Deneva in 2267 while his nephew, Peter Kirk, survived. James Kirk has one child with Dr. Carol Marcus, his son was named David Marcus and was killed by Klingons in 2285.James Kirk began his Starfleet career as a cadet in 2250 at age 27. He was the first person to defeat the Kobayashi Maru test that stymied cadets for many decades and followed an advanced training aboard the USS Republic in 2251. James Kirk was promoted to Lieutenant junior grade in 2253. After that he returned to Starfleet Academy as a student instructor and graduated in 2254.Kirk promoted to a full Lieutenant and served aboard the USS Farragut. Shortly after he became the youngest captain in Starfleet to date at 29.James T. KirkAt the age of 32 James Kirk became the third captain of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), where he first met the legendary first officer Spock, chief medical officer Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, chief engineer Montgomery Scott, communications officer Uhura, helmsman Hikaru Sulu and navigator Pavel Chekov.Captain Kirk commanded the Enterprise's historic five-year mission from 2265 until 2270, after that he achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and was assigned as Chief of Starfleet Operations.James Kirk retired from Starfleet sometime around 2282, but returned to active duty in 2284, where he was in command of Starfleet Academy training.In 2285 he was demoted from Admiral to Captain after stealing the Enterprise and sabotaging the USS Excelsior in order to revive Spock. James Kirk was given command of the USS Enterprise -A, and commanded the ship for several years until the vessel was decommissioned in 2293.Captain Kirk was lost and presumed dead in 2293 when the USS Enterprise -B was damaged by The Nexus, which he entered. But he survived and persued an alternate existence within the Nexus, when he was persuaded by Jean-Luc Picard from the year 2371 to help him - a mission that finally cost James Kirk his life.This is a short bio mostly compiled from the Wikipedia page, which offers more details but is definately harder to read. You may also want to check out our new Star Trek characters page, although it's now yet completed.
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Mysterious Ancient UFO Pictures

21. january 2008, by joskirps

Ancient UFO PictureThere hasn't been any UFO or alien related post on this blog yet, so I think it's about time;-) Today I'd like to show you some of the most outstanding "ancient UFO" pictures - images of UFOs that have been painted hundreds (or even thousands) of years ago, which means that they cannot be influenced by the 20th century UFO hype.Ancient UFO PictureOf course most of these ancient UFO pictures were probably simply inspired by unusual aerial or astronomical phenomena such as comets, meteors, planets, planetary conjunctions or atmospheric optical phenomena, and interpreted to have been supernatural events by the people of that time (angels or demons for example, as nobody was talking about aliens back then...).Some of the ancient UFO pictures seem to show flying saucer-like object in the skies, or machines that look like airplanes or alien spaceships, and some of those images are really hard to interpret. Nevertheless it cannot be confirmed that these images really show what we'd call UFOs, and so they remain quite mysterious.Ancient UFO PictureTheories claiming that these UFO pictures show extraterrestrial visitors are generally called "Ancient astronaut theories", supposing that our Earth has been visited by intelligent extraterrestrial beings a long time ago. Some of these alien astronaut theories even claim that gods from most religions have their origins in alien visitors, and that even some technological developments have been influenced by aliens too. One of the most popular writers supporting such ancient astronaut theories is probably Erich von Däniken, whose works have been translated into many languages.Ancient UFO PictureSome notable scientists, like Carl Sagan for example, considered that the Earth may indeed have been visited by intelligent extraterrestrials in the past, even if they don't support common ancien astronaut theory points of views and don't comment on the ancient UFO paintings. The vast majority of the scientific community however remains generally skeptical, and there is no actual evidence to support ancient astronaut theories.You may also check out our new UFO Pictures page where you can find both ancient UFO and modern UFO pictures.
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NASA Unveils Cosmic Images Book in Braille for Blind Readers

18. january 2008, by andr0m3da

"Touch the Invisible Sky" is a 60-page book with color images of nebulae, stars, galaxies and some of the telescopes that captured the original pictures. Each image is embossed with lines, bumps and other textures. These raised patterns translate colors, shapes and other intricate details of the cosmic objects, allowing visually impaired people to experience them. Braille and large-print descriptions accompany each of the book's 28 photographs, making the book's design accessible to readers of all visual abilities.The book contains spectacular images from the Great Observatories and powerful ground-based telescopes. The celestial objects are presented as they appear through visible-light telescopes and different spectral regions invisible to the naked eye, from radio to infrared, visible, ultraviolet and X-ray light.The book introduces the concept of light and the spectrum and explains how the different observatories complement each others' findings. Readers take a cosmic journey beginning with images of the sun, and travel out into the galaxy to visit relics of exploding and dying stars, as well as the Whirlpool galaxy and colliding Antennae galaxies."Touch the Invisible Sky" was written by astronomy educator and accessibility specialist Noreen Grice of You Can Do Astronomy LLC and the Museum of Science, Boston, with authors Simon Steel, an astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., and Doris Daou, an astronomer at NASA Headquarters, Washington."About 10 million visually impaired people live in the United States," Grice said. "I hope this book will be a unique resource for people who are sighted or blind to better understand the part of the universe that is invisible to all of us." The book will be available to the public through a wide variety of sources, including the National Federation of the Blind, Library of Congress repositories, schools for the blind, libraries, museums, science centers and Ozone Publishing."We wanted to show that the beauty and complexity of the universe goes far beyond what we can see with our eyes!" Daou said."The study of the universe is a detective story, a cosmic 'CSI,' where clues to the inner workings of the universe are revealed by the amazing technology of modern telescopes," Steel said. "This book invites everyone to join in the quest to unlock the secrets of the cosmos.""One of the greatest challenges faced by blind students who are interested in scientific study is that certain kinds of information are not available to them in a non-visual form," said Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind. "Books like this one are an invaluable resource because they allow the blind access to information that is normally presented through visual observation and media. Given access to this information, blind students can study and compete in scientific fields as well as their sighted peers."The prototype for this book was funded by an education grant from the Chandra mission, and production was a collaborative effort by the NASA space science missions, which provide the images, and other agency sources.Source: NASA
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A Short History Of The Sci-fi Channel

17. january 2008, by joskirps

Sci-Fi (originally The Sci-Fi Channel) is a television channel specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal series, movies and documentaries. It was originally launched in 1991, today it's headquartered in New York City and owned by NBC.In the beginning SciFi offered older science fiction television series such as Dark Shadows and Flash Gordon as well as science fiction and fantasy movies. In 1992 they were acquired by USA Network, famous science fiction authors such as Gene Roddenberry ("Star Trek") and Isaac Asimov ("The Foundation Series") were hired as advisors and the original Star Trek series as well as older horror movies (Dracula, Frankenstein...) were shown.During the 1990s Sci-Fi also showed anime science fiction movies and series such as Robot Carnival, Akira and Tenchi Muyo as part of the "Saturday Morning Anime" show, although most animes were edited, any nudity being blurred or cropped out. Currently animes are returning to the channel.From 1997 to 2004 SciFi changed its owner numerous time, until they ended up as part of the NBC network in 2004. In 2003 they gained a lot of prominence with the "Taken" series by Steven Spielberg. Today their most successful science fiction series include Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. But they also show cult-status series such as Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Doctor Who.In 1995 the Sci-Fi channel's launched their website (originally called "The Dominion", a name dropped in 2000) which can be considered to have been one of the first larger sites on the web, it covers mainly science fiction, space and fantasy subjects and won a large number of awards. SCIFIpedia.com, which is part of the scifi.com network, is a special interest wiki covering mainly science fiction subjects.
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How To Put A Virtual Solar System Onto Your Website Or Blog

16. january 2008, by joskirps

Wouldn't it be cool if you could place a solar system with exoplanets onto your site? Okay, this may sound quite irritating, so let me explain... An extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, is a planet beyond the Solar System. A few hundred have been detected so far, most of them are Jupiter-like massive giant planets.So how can we put something like that onto a website or blog? Well, we won't use any of the planets detected by astronomers, but we'll use virtual solar systems. And where is it possible to get virtual solar systems from? Quite simple, there's a community website called Galaxiki which is in fact a fictional online galaxy that anyone can edit think of it as some kind of Wikipedia-like galaxy where each star, each planet and each moon is represented by a Wiki page. Check it out if you don't know it yet:https://galaxiki.orgThe Galaxiki community site contains over a million stars, most of them have planets, and some of those may even allow life forms to exist. Of course there are also double star systems (remember Tatooine, where Luke Skywalker grew up), black holes (dangerous stuff...), pulsars, neutron stars and other weird objects one might expect in a real galaxy. As a site member (free membership) you can name and edit stars owned by the community, or you can even buy your own solar system.Okay, now that we know what exoplanets are and we also know that there's a place housing virtual solar systems we can proceed to the interesting bit: placing a solar system from Galaxiki onto any website or blog.To do so we'll use the so-called solar system widget. A web widget (sometimes also called gadget, snippet, mini or flake) is in fact a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any web page, so you'll only have to copy a simple line of code and paste it into your website's or blog's template code to make it work. It's really that simple. The code required to place a solar system from the Galaxiki community site can be found here:https://galaxiki.org/widgetBy copy-pasting the default widget code we'll get a 200 x 200 pixel 2D widget on a black background. The funny part of these widgets is that the planets are actually orbiting the stars following predefined physical rules, although you'll have to wait some time until you'll notice this (orbiting a star takes some time in most cases...)It's possible to use any solar system for your widget. Click onto the "Explore" tab to open the galaxy browser, which is in fact some kind of "Google maps in space". It allows to browse the galaxy and select any star or solar system. Alternatively you may also use the "beam me" feature which will take you to a random star in the galaxy. Then click onto "Make Widget" to get the widget code for the selected solar system. There's also an option to use a random star with your widget, this is explained on the widget page.Of course a 3D widget would be cool too - no problem, simply adjust the dimension parameters (width and height) in the widget code to anything you like. On the widget page you'll find an example of a 640 x 240 pixels 3D widget on a white background, although you may change these parameters to anything you like.But what is it good for? Well, after all it's just fun - having a 3D solar system on your website or blog may be interesting for your visitors, as it's something you probably won't see on a lot of sites.
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