storm-saturn

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Storms in other worlds.

Earth is not the only world with storms in our Solar System, and in many cases, even our most destructive storms are pipsqueaks compared to our neighboring worlds.
Venus, with its runaway greenhouse effect has clouds of CO2 and likely lots of lightning.
Mars is known for its dust storms, some are so huge that they will pose threats to future astronauts on Mars. Pictured is a simple dust devil.
The Jovian Giants are full of storms. Jupiter’s big red spot is perhaps the most famous, but the other gas giants are no stranger to epic storms that last many years.
Titan has a dense atmopshere and has an abundance of methane. There are storm systems that rain liquid methane. This means there are vast seas and rivers of methane too.

Episode 6: Make a Left Turn

Power your weapons, take hold of your flight stick and summon the red power to pierce through…

The Virtuacast returns yet again! This time, our fearless daredevil pilots Renfrew and HeavyViper lock-on to the Layer Section series, descending through countless waves of mechanical monstrousities and the very earth itself! What secrets lie beneath the many layers of these legendary Taito shmups!?

(Artwork: “Secilian Federation Dog!”)

(Editing: HeavyViper)

Music used:

Penetration (Layer Section) / Chilltastic Mix ~ HeavyViper

G (Layer Section, CDDA ver.) ~ ZUNTATA (Taito)

PENETRATION (Layer Section, PCB ver.) ~ ZUNTATA (Taito)

INTO DARKNESS (Layer Section, CDDA ver.) ~ ZUNTATA (Taito)

Q.E.P.D. (Layer Section, CDDA ver.) ~ ZUNTATA (Taito)

ORIGIN (Layer Seciton II) ~ ZUNTATA (Taito)

MUDDLING THROUGH (Layer Section II) ~ ZUNTATA (Taito)

GEOMETRIC CITY (Layer Section II) ~ ZUNTATA (Taito)

CERAMIC HEART (Layer Section II) ~ ZUNTATA (Taito)

http://thevirtuacast.libsyn.com/the-virtuacast-episode-6

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/the-virtuacast-episode-6/id929245600?i=320033918&mt=6

(Boxart taken from www.segaretro.org)

Ahh, Layer Section, what a groovy little game. All of these pictures were taken with the game in yoko mode, so they are a little bit off from the arcade version.

Here is the first boss rising from its dock. You can get several lock on laser blasts off before it even makes it up to the level where it can threaten you. Notice how the arms are higher than the main body.

One of the enemy fleets hanging out below you in level two. This one is firing on a much smaller fleet, presumably the player’s allies. Perhaps they were a distraction?

Here’s one of Layer Section’s many destructable environments. Blast that metal part and the floating land at the bottom of the screen falls.

And the crazy sprite tower!

(also stolen from www.segaretro.org

The first stage is opening a little Panzer Dragoon-like. The next two shots are from the same basic area.

The game enjoys playing little camera tricks.

And this image fails at capture how interesting this waterfall transition is in the game.

I was kind of down on LS2 in the podcast. I think one of the things that I failed to articulate was that in Layer Section 1, I got a crunchy, tactile joy out of looking on to enemy ships and blowing them up and by comparison, using the lock on laser in 2 just felt a little limp. It’s certainly not a bad game though.

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The giant storm at Saturn’s north pole, with winds of 330 MPH (150 meters per second). Details: http://1.usa.gov/1Ho42r0

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The giant storm at Saturn’s north pole, with winds of 330 MPH (150 meters per second). Details: http://1.usa.gov/1Ho42r0

acklit Saturn - Seen from the Cassini SpacecraftThe Cassini spacecraft was sent by NASA and ESA to study Saturn and its moons. Two of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus and Tethys, appear in the bottom right of this image. So far, the spacecraft has found new storm systems on Saturn, active geysers on its moon Enceladus, liquid oceans on its moon Titan, and many other unexpected discoveries. Due to its elliptical orbit, Cassini is occasionally able to catch beautyful images of saturn backlit by our sun, as seen above. Credit: NASA/JPL/ESA

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The giant storm at Saturn’s north pole, with winds of 330 MPH (150 meters per second). Details: http://1.usa.gov/1Ho42r0

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The giant storm at Saturn’s north pole, with winds of 330 MPH (150 meters per second). Details: http://1.usa.gov/1Ho42r0