Archive for February, 2010

City on Caterpillar Tracks

This has nothing to do with astronomy or Universe Sandbox, but as a LEGO fan, I’m incredibly inspired by this creation:

Which seems to be directly inspired by fictional Traction Cities from Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet series of books:

I think the idea of massive, movable cities is fascinating to think about.

Source: Brother’s Brick, an excellent LEGO blog.

Sixty Symbols

So I’ve run into these videos before, but never realized they were part of a masterful series. The University of Nottingham has created 60+ ~5 minute videos each devoted to a symbol used in physics and astronomy.

The Saturn and Jupiter videos were both great.

And a recent video all about Saturn’s most recently discovered (and very faint) ring. This is easily the best description I’ve heard of the ring and how it likely formed:

Check them out… they’re short, interesting, well made, and awesome.