Watching the sunset over a vast, blue ocean is one of the most peaceful pleasures in life. But watching the sunset over a vast, red, endless desert might be just as good. Especially when that desert is over 150 million miles away. Thanks to NASA's InSight lander, which has planted itself in Mars' flat, smooth plain Elysium Planitia, you can do just that. The image above was snapped by NASA's most recent Mars transplant on March 10, the robot's 101st day at work on the Martian surface. Stitching a sequence of images by the lander's Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) shows the splendorous sun setting over the Red Planet and disappearing beyond the horizon.It's not the first time we've seen the sun set on another planet, though. Largely thanks to the efforts of the Martian rovers, including recently-departed Opportunity, we've been able to watch the tiny, yellow orb sink behind the soil a number of times before. Curiosity watched this hazy, blue end-of-day back in 2015. And … [Read more...] about NASA’s Insight lander snaps ghostly, hazy Mars sunset
A ghostly dust satellite or two might be orbiting the Earth, according to new research building on a 60-year-old idea. Massive objects attract one another through the force of gravity. But when you have multiple huge objects with just the right masses, their mutual gravitational field can introduce some anomalies—like gravitational points that can hold things stable. Scientists have found objects orbiting in these “Lagrange points” created by the combined gravity of the Sun and Mars, the Sun and Neptune, and the Sun and Jupiter. Researchers are now reporting evidence of dust clouds, called Kordylewski dust clouds, in the Lagrange points created by the Earth and the Moon. Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler predicted the first three Lagrange points in these kinds of systems in 1767, and Italian astronomer-mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange predicted two more points back in 1772. Today, scientists know all about them—NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space … [Read more...] about Astronomers May Have Spotted One of Earth’s Ghostly Dust Moons
Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we’re talking about bowling, old porn, washcloths, football, and more. Joe: You walk into your house and see your friends and family gathered for an intervention. What would the subject of the intervention have to be where you’d immediately be like “yeaaaa this makes sense.” It would have to be either for boozing or for phone use. Like I have definitely had my own children tell me to put my phone away, which is as sure a sign of a problem as you’ll ever get. They’re supposed to be the tech-addled generation, but I’m the one sneaking a look at Twitter any time they’ve got their heads turned. And you would think that being called out by my own kids would be enough to chasten me. You would think a Cat Stevens lullaby would start playing in my head and I would drop to my knees, tears streaming down my cheeks, begging for forgiveness … [Read more...] about Everyone Needs An Intervention For Something. What’s Yours?
For a while now, we know that Xbox is preparing their Project Scorpio – a new, super-fast Xbox One console that will enable many high-tech features. Back in the early spring, we saw its specifications, now we know its name “Xbox One X“. Best external hard drives for Xbox One S Microsoft claims that this will be the most powerful console ever and it indeed looks so. A CPU with eight cores clocked at 2.3GHz, a 326GB/s of memory bandwidth, 12GB GDDR5 memory makes Xbox One X way superior over its straight competitor – PS4 Pro. This article is all about Xbox One X specifications, peripherals, games, features, pricing and much more. Basically, everything we know about this console, so keep on reading. Xbox One X specifications and comparison with both Xbox One and PS4 Pro First, Xbox One X is much smaller than any other Xbox, it’s slimmer than Xbox One S. But unlike Xbox One S being more like a visual upgrade over Xbox One, Xbox One X … [Read more...] about Everything we know about Xbox One X (Scorpio)
While the gaming industry pushes forward with more daring and polished projects, some of us just want to enjoy the good old classic games that we played as kids. PlayStation consoles have been a huge part of a lot of people’s childhoods, and it’s clear that many gamers want to go back to those days and play some PS2 or PS3 games. But does PS4 have backwards compatibility or has this piece of modern technology strived so much for perfection that it forgot about how vital nostalgia is? Find out the answer in our article about PS4 backwards compatibility. PS4 Backwards Compatibility With PS1 and PS2 There are currently no emulation or access to PS1 games on PS4 since emulating a technology this old would cost a whole lot and Sony understandably doesn’t want to invest. The current generation might never get to enjoy the original PlayStation. PS2 was released way back in 2000, so you would imagine that it’s quite a simplistic console when compared to the … [Read more...] about PS4 Backwards Compatibility List, PS Now, & More