A WISE View of the Entire Sky

As part of an all-sky astronomical survey, NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (or WISE) satellite took over 2.7 million images and beamed back 5 trillion bytes of data to eager astronomers back on Earth. This composite image is made up of 18,000 images covering the sky and shows more than 560 million stars and galaxies! You’ll notice that the prominent Milky Way Galaxy runs horizontally at the centre of the map.

The mosaic image has an oval shape and that is because of the method used to render the 3D sky onto a 2D map.

The sky can be thought of as a sphere that surrounds us in three dimensions. To make a map of the sky, astronomers project it into two dimensions. Many different methods can be used to project a spherical surface into a 2-D map. The projection used in this image of the sky is called Aitoff, named after the geographer who invented it. It takes the 3-D sky sphere and slices open one hemisphere, and then flattens the whole thing out into an oval shape.

Have a look at the full image after the jump.

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Prometheus!

If you are a huge fan of the “Alien” franchise as I am, and if you haven’t heard of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, then my son you have been living under a rock.

After all those horrible sequels that followed Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking sci-fi epic, he has finally returned to give what all fans have been waiting for. Saying that, he has made it very clear that Prometheus really is not a reboot or an “Alien” movie. It’s more of a stand-alone film that so happens to take place in the Alien universe. Whatever it is, it will explain the origins of the Xenomorph and, finally, that mysterious fossilized creature found aboard the derelict ship in the first “Alien”.

One of the most exciting details to come out, is that they brought back H.R. Giger. Giger’s designs, as fans know, were the inspiration for the original Alien film, which included the creatures and the spacecraft. This is a good omen as his art, coupled with Scott’s vision, is what made the film the classic it is today.

The Plot:  In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.

The Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Logan Marshall-Green & Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland. Yes Peter Weyland, the eventual partner of the notorious Weyland-Yutani Corporation in the films. As you can tell the story is not following the “Alien vs Predator” film’s Charles Bishop Weyland played by Lance Henriksen.

Well that’s enough from me, so watch the trailer, drool and let us know what you think.

Prometheus is due for release in the United States on June 8, 2012.

[via Youtube]

It’s a (Capetonian) Dog’s Life

Dave Meinert, a director and filmmaker in Cape Town, was asked by a friend look after their dog, Lemon, for the weekend. Meinert did what any filmmaker worth his camera would do — he custom-fitted a GoPro camera onto Lemon and took the dog to the beach, for a round of putt putt (mini golf), and to visit other sights around Cape Town.

He gathered all the footage and edited it to form the music video to local artist Johnny Neon’s song, Hearts. Lemon has quite the charmed life, see the exuberant music video below.

[via Lost at E Minor]

Japanese Tron-Inspired Dance Routine

Dance troupe Wrecking Crew Orchestra from Japan channels Tron in one of their recent shows. As it starts, the stage is bathed in darkness, and one by one the members of the group reveal themselves. They’re dressed in special light-emitting glow-suits, and the timing of the lights further enhances their dance routine. Have a look at video below, but beware, it does get a little dubstep-y at the 3:39-minute mark.

[via Kottke]

TMNT Stop Motion Intro is Totally Radical, Dudes!

Cowabunga dudes! Videographers Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe set about recreating the opening credits to the 1987 animated series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The duo opted for the stop-motion approach, with Poppe drawing the colourful backdrops and Roberts posing the TMNT action figures (and a very special action star in the role of Splinter). The Boom Bang provided a cover of the theme song. 4000 images later and their nostalgic tribute to the heroes in a half shell was complete. Check it out below.

[via Best Week Ever]

We Review: Everybody’s Golf

One of the PS Vita’s launch titles is Everybody’s Golf (or Hot Shots Golf as it’s known in the US for some unaccountable reason). It’s the one game for the Vita that I’ve strangely spent the most time playing, and will probably be playing for a while to come. Find out why after the tee-off.

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Breathtaking Images of Earth From Space

Envisat (or “Environmental Satellite”) is an Earth-observing satellite that was launched into space by the European Space Agency a little over a decade ago. In that time the €2.3 billion, 8-ton satellite has orbited the Earth thousands of times and had beamed down data that has helped scientists to study ozone depletion, the spread of pollution, and monitor maritime traffic.

Envisat has also taken a few photos during its tenure. Wired Magazine celebrates the 10th anniversary of the satellite with a gallery of images of the earth as shot from space. Have a look at some of the beautiful topographies after the jump.

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The Rockingest Grannies You’ll see Today

Eurovision tends to bring out some of the …oddest…acts you’ll ever see. And sometimes, some of the most memorable. So here’s a video of a troupe of Russian grannies—the Buranovskiye Babushki (Burano Grannies)—with their Eurovision 2012 entry, Party for Everybody. If your feet aren’t tapping by the end of the song, then I fear you have no soul. You might want to have that looked at by a good (witch) doctor.

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[via Huffington Post]

We Review: Wipeout 2048

The Wipeout series of video games (nothing in common with the Wipeout TV series!) has always been one of the games for Sony consoles that show off what insane graphical power the machine is capable of, and the PS Vita is, to use the hackneyed term, “no different” with its release title, Wipeout 2048. The question is: is this version of Wipeout any good and worth playing? Let’s find out.

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