Early One Morning – a giant globe made from matchsticks by artist Andy Yoder, who spent two years hand-painting individual matches, gluing each one to a foam, cardboard and plywood sphere then finally spraying the whole thing with flame retardant (come on now. He’s not a total eejit).
Telescope is a visual sci-fi treat directed and edited by Colin Davis with the VFX mastery of Wes Ball (he of the wonderful post apocalyptic animation RUIN)
The year is 2183. Earth is dead. With all evidence of organic life lost, a cosmic archaeologist travels faster thanlight into deep space to capture images of the once vibrant planet. When his vessel is damaged he must take matters into his own hands, risking his life to witness humanity’s lost home.
A Ted-Ed animation wherein Scott Gass explains the immensity of the ‘one big ocean’ of planet Earth.
For the sake of perspective, as the US Geological Survey showed with a memorable graphic last year, every last drop of fresh water, sea water, ground water, water vapor and water in biological matter would form a sphere just 1,384km in diameter.
(Pix (top to bottom): Kepler-22b, Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Kepler-69c)
NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, has already discovered more than 100 planets outside our solar system in the first four years of its mission, including, last year, a possible ‘ocean world’ called Kepler-22b.
Lately, its deep space telescope has identified three exoplanets of similar size to Earth which appear to have the right temperatures to sustain life. Two of them (Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f) orbit the Kepler-62 star 1200 light years from Earth with estimated surface temperatures of -3°C and -65°C respectively (though the chilliness may be tempered by the blanketing effect of as-yet-unknown atmospheres.)
The third planet, Kepler-69c, orbiting a different star, has a balmy estimated surface temperature of 27°C. Scientists also speculate that it could be covered with liquid, but not necessarily water.
Almost 40 years to the day after the Apollo 17 crew snapped the famed “blue marble” image of Earth floating in space on December 7, 1972, Nasa has unveiled “black marble” views of the planet by night. The cloud-free pictures, taken with a high-resolution visible and infrared imager aboard a NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite, capture the night lights of Earth in unprecedented detail. (Pix: NASA/Rex Features)
Full size, zoomable, full-screenable version here. (Thanks, Conski)