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Behold the Earth and Moon – as seen from Saturn

Behold the Earth and Moon – as seen from Saturn

“Earth is the bright, starburst-looking flash of light at the middle of the photo, our moon the speck just down and to the left. From Saturn, our planet is hardly distinguishable as the orb we know and love.” — io9.com

“Perhaps the same could said for ourselves and those whom we love, as the distance between the two grows over time.” — Ed.


The Mothership of all Supercell Thunderstorms

(My kingdom for a laptop keyboard…)

“I’m from Arizona. We don’t get structure like this. Clouds that rotate and look like alien spacecraft hanging over the Earth. We chased this storm from the wrong side (north) and it took us going through hail and torrential rains to burst through on the south side. And when we did…this monster cloud was hanging over Texas and rotating like something out of Close Encounters.” — Mike Oblinski, photographer

Imagine how Roy Neary must have felt as he watched agape the totality of the alien mnothership rising up from behind Devil’s Tower against that starry night in human history. This video by Mr. Oblinski will help you capture that emotion. It deftly uses time-lapse to reveal the growth and movement of this weather colossus. Note the low hanging wall cloud is not unlike the platform of the alien ship, which is lowered to the ground to receive human contact.

Just for a reference point, enjoy this extended clip of the movie.

“It’ll work. I promise.” (Now hand me that atomic bomb…)

Not until the scientific community accepted plate tectonics in the late 50s and early 60s could this film have been made. In 1965 new sources of energy were actively sought. Naturally, of course, you can’t have a sci-fi disaster movie unless you introduce old Doc Washburn’s favorite bromide, The Atomic Bomb, to help things along. Perhaps the giant ants, 30 foot spiders, 50 foot women and incredible shrinking men never convinced them otherwise.

(Spoiler: This doesn’t end well for our planet.)

New ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer: “You Are Not Alone”

Previous film trailers for “Man of Steel” have evoked the majestic duality between Clark Kent/Kal-El’s struggles to fit in on Earth and to fulfill his sense of destiny.

This is NOT that film trailer.

This new trailer entry, released by Warner Brothers, reveals the full-scale evil that awaits Earth, which forces Kal-El to make a stand on those principles taught to him by two fathers standing across the spans of time.

All in all, this makes Zod’s invasion in Superman II look like Earth vs. The Flying Saucers.

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