Love the collaboration between science & art!
The excitement of Curiosity landing on Mars on the 6th brought out the inner astronomer in me, even to the extent that I bought a proper space dedicated zine that day (yes I was that kid who at 13 asked a rather perplexed physics teacher whether the universe was infinite) Amazing moment in the development of our understanding of our solar system & what with the discovery of the Higgs earlier this year too, the universe. Pretty cool.
Here are some amazing facts from my zine because I know deep down everyone loves a crazy fact or two about the universe ~
o It would take 85 years to drive to Mars (at 65 mph), to Pluto, 6,200 years and, get this, 278 billion years to the centre of the Milky Way.
o The nearest galaxy to the Milky Way is the Large Magellanic Cloud (160,000 light years), but the nearest spiral galaxy, and most similar, is Andromeda, at a distance of 2.5 million light years from Earth.
o The Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way are moving towards each other at 62 miles per second and they are on a course to merge together in 4 billion years time.
o The observable universe is 13.75 billion light years away
o Mars has the largest crater ('Hellas Planitia'), mountain / volcano ('Olympus Mons') & canyons in the solar system. Olympus Mons is a whopping 14 miles in height (22,500 metres) which is roughly three times Mount Everest. Mars is a cool planet.
Okay I'll stop now.