recording spaces


Vox’s Joss Fong put together a beautiful video pairing the images from the Voyager Golden Records (learn more about them here) with words from Carl Sagan and music from Blind Willie Johnson. The first image was a simple “calibrating circle” used in this post’s title.

There’s something powerful about this collection of images – this small attempt to sum up human existence. Carl Sagan said:

The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic 'ocean’ says something very hopeful about life on this planet.

If we sent a time capsule to the aliens today, what would you want to include?

The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble 

The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth’s night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust.

This sharp close-up of the dying star’s nebula was recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope and is presented here in reprocessed colors. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star’s dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius).

Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA;
Reprocessing & Copyright: Jesús M.Vargas & Maritxu Poyal

  • Random guy, complaining to his friends: [sighs] My superior keeps interfering with my work..
  • Atsushi, walking by:
  • Atsushi: [an image of Dazai with a smug face flashes through his mind]
  • Atsushi: You know nothing.

The KISS Sign through the years (Circa 75’, 78’, 84’ and 86’).
I love seeing the classic logo used during the ANIMALIZE Tour.
There’s a certain magic to seeing such an iconic piece used in production for the last time.
Such cool history…