I'm working on a computer game, and I need names for about 8000 planets. Wikipedia has these great lists of "fictional planets in science fiction" and such. What is the legal and accepted ethical practice towards re-using these names? [more inside]
posted by BeeDo
on Apr 29, 2013 -
Curiosity is making me curious. What would it feel like to stand on the surface of Mars? Let's say, first of all, it's without a space suit -- what would kill me first? The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? The temperature? Then, if we found some way to breathe and function normally, what would it be like to be there? Would it be hot? Cold? Too windy to stand up? Paint a picture for me, if you can.
posted by fight or flight
on Aug 10, 2012 -
If the expanse of the universe is infinite, does it necessarily follow that the number of stars and planets is also infinite?
posted by HotPatatta
on Nov 30, 2011 -
Is there a distance at which a satellite will orbit a body indefinitely? Is this distance a universal constant? [more inside]
posted by doublehappy
on Oct 16, 2009 -
Our son is getting too old for the animals on his wall, and we'd like to do a space theme (rockets, the real planets, etc). We've found that by enlarging an image and printing it out on clear label paper, we can make murals using our favorite illustrations, either found online or in books (technique originally posted here
So, we're looking for cool illustrations of the planets, rockets, etc. Preferably with a Mary Blairish, 1950's feel. Any suggestions, either on the internet or book recommendations?
posted by ericbop
on Aug 4, 2009 -
Planetary magnetic fields and life: Is there any reason to believe that strong magnetic fields on rocky inner planets are relatively uncommon? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky
on Jul 27, 2009 -
Where do I find nerdy T-shirts and other clothes for a 4 year old in Europe? And by nerdy I mean space, science, alphabet, math all the usual autistic obsessions. :-) [more inside]
posted by pootler
on Dec 7, 2008 -
Seeking the definitive recording of Gustav Holst's The Planets. [more inside]
posted by bach
on May 15, 2008 -
I'm working on a computer simulation of the solar system, but I need data on the positions and velocities on planets and their moons. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5
on Mar 17, 2008 -
Why hasn't anyone invented cheap space probes? Some kind of thing that could be sent up en mass to gather just base data we don't have on all the planets/moons/etc . . .? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here]
on Aug 18, 2007 -
Given our current state of technology and the world's nuclear armaments, I ask the question that the world needs an answer to: Could we destroy Mars? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo
on Dec 24, 2005 -
I want to buy my son, who is turning six, a telescope for his birthday. I don't want to spend a fortune, but one site I looked at for advice said anything less than $300 is a piece of junk. Anyone have any advice (including specific models) on one I can by this budding astronomer for $100 or less?
posted by alexg23
on Jul 25, 2005 -
ScientificIlliterateFilter: If the sun's gravity is so strong as to keep whole planets circling it in orbit (even ones million of miles away), how come light and heat (incredibly fragile things compared to planets) can escape as rays (or whatever they are)?
posted by amberglow
on Nov 14, 2004 -