A Europe of equals
This fantasy map by Alasdair Gunn redivides the area contained in the European Union into states that would have roughly equal populations. For the sake of further fun, he’s tried to draw the boundaries to correspond to some real historical divisions in a way that gives us a look at some states that might have been. The southern and western shores of Sweden, for example, really were Danish possessions for a considerable period of time. Mainly, though, the map works as a clever illustration of population densities. Lowland, Köln, and Rhineland are all relatively tiny in terms of area but not population, underscoring the very thick settlement pattern in this portion of the continent. As one goes further east, things thin out considerably, and the make-believe countries get larger.
I gathered up a few of images of the Earth and the Moon, taken by various spacecraft through recent and not so recent history. From top to bottom, and in chronological order, they are:
1. An image of Earth and the Moon taken by NASA’s Voyager 1 when it was 11.66 million kilometers from Earth, on 18th of September 1977. This is the first image of its kind ever taken by a spacecraft.
2. This image was taken by the Galileo spacecraft as it flew by, eight days after its encounter with the Earth-Moon system on 16th of December 1992. Image was taken from a distance of about 6.2 million kilometers.
3. This image was taken by the NEAR spacecraft as it flew by the Earth-Moon system on 23rd of January 1998, 19 hours after the spacecraft swung by Earth on its way to the asteroid 433 Eros. Taken from 400000km away, approximately the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
4. An image of Earth and the Moon (3rd of October 2007) taken from Martian orbit by “The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment” (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Keep in mind that the distance between the Earth and the Moon is much larger than it appears on those pictures. The reason the Moon appears so large is due to perspective.
The Arcadian Ideal… turned 2 today!
“Astronomers know that the Milky Way is parked within the Local Group of galaxies, an interstellar expanse extending 3 million light years across. But we know very little about the area just outside of this. A new map corrects this oversight, showing that we live among the ‘Council of Giants’.”
See and learn more at io9.
Look… we are back to center of the universe theory!