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The Celestia Teapot, and other wonders to astound you 
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 | 06:09 pm [astronomy, humor]
Buddy, if you haven't downloaded version 1.5.0 of Celestia, you ought to.  It is like having the entire known universe on your hard drive.

Since I first got Celestia last year, I've enjoyed using it to explore realistic renderings of objects all across the cosmos — planets, moons, stars, other galaxies, even the U.S.S. Defiant, vigilantly patrolling space in the vicinity of the Bajoran wormhole.  But this new version — lemme tell ya, it's something else.  The level of detail you're given is unbelievable.  These images in Celestia are so precise, so particular, so realistic, and of such high quality that I've actually made a few startling discoveries of my own these last few hours which I believe will cause you to have a stroke should you come to know them.

So here they are.  First, check out this image I snapped of an astounding object orbiting the Sun somewhere between the Earth and Mars:

Is that fucked up, or is that fucked up?  Don't tell the Christians.

Although on second thought . . .

No, no.  Don't.

Next is this incredibly detailed and 100% accurate view of the International Space Station:

That must be the most enormous bumper sticker in existence.  Is that even legal?  Pretty sure the ISS is publicly funded . . . Maybe someone from the ESA put that up.  Note the Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft docked there at the bottom of the image.  Something looked a little fishy about it, so I zoomed in for a closer look:

Ha!  Oh, mercy!  That's cosmonauts for ya, though.  Golly.

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