Bravo, Felix Baumgartner! (I watched this live (along with several million others), and my stomach really lurched at this point.)
Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago
I've just watched the first episode of Sky TV's new show, Gadget Geeks. It's a mixture of review show, trying out real gadgets in semi-real situations, and Maker show (in this episode, they built a portable bullet-time camera rig, turned an electric tricycle into a monster truck, and made a toothbrush into a sander. This last might sound familiar, and I think there'll be a few more Instructables seen on the show, but I think there's good reason. It was only a passing moment, which I had to pause to take this photo (with my iPod - my proper camera has flat batteries). On the lid of Charles Yarnold's laptop, for all to see, is an Instructables sticker! Are you Charles Yarnold? Do you know him? Did you give or send him the sticker? Did you meet this man at the Newcastle Maker Faire? The community needs to know!
Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago
I love ingenuity, so I wanted to share this link to an article on a Brazilian machinist who makes skylights from water filled pop bottles. I'm not sure if these would classify as a budget solatube or a twenty first century deck prism.There's also a video, but it's in some obscure foreign language. Portuguese i think.I might add one to my shed...
Posted by Tool Using Animal 10 years ago
This is one of the coolest environmental action websites I have seen. So help keep our air clean and the EPA in check by signing the petition. http://www.adoptthesky.org/From treehugger.com:The website encourages people to "adopt the sky" by signing a petition that assigns them to a virtual square-mile of sky over one of many dirty areas in the country. The interface screen resembles a foggy sky with little floating air molecules representing the names, home and adopted state locations and messages of users who've signed onto the petition.Read the full article here:http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/adopt_the_sky.php
Posted by lebowski 11 years ago
Hello everyone... A whhile back I stumbled upon a website that would allow you to enter in your location information and do a search based on "celestial events" "IST fly-over times" satellite locations, meteor shower events, eclipses etc... I recently bought a DSLR camera and a telescope with camera mount. My Son is very much into astronomy and I would love to encourage this for him... The telescope is nothing special, it is my, as well as his first telescope. I would like to capture photos of this up and coming eclipse in April, as well as some star systems and meteor shower events with some long exposure. :) anyway... Does anyone here know where I can find this type of calendar.. I have spent much of the morning Googling, but I am coming up short in finding this... Thanks in advance Matthew
Posted by SlickSqueegie 5 years ago
Check out what happens when you give me and heath a camera, WD-40, and a lighter.
Posted by twisted 11 years ago
I'm getting married in September and I want a night sky projected on the tent at my wedding. I love the images from Harry Potter in the Great Hall (I know that it won't look exactly like it because of the tent angles). The tent is a 40'X40' open sided. I only care that the upper half is projected. The bottom edge surrounding the tent is going to have string lights wrapped in grapevines possibly with wisteria and amaranthus hanging from it. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make this work, and how to rig the projectors to the tent ceiling poles?
Posted by lpfan3217 6 years ago
Has anyone built anything like this, or know of an instructable that could help to design something like these floating, hot air balloons that are popular in Thailand?I am looking for, in particular, the method of obtaining or creating the fire-proof paper or fabric that is used for the balloon itself. Also of interest is the object at the opening of the balloon that is lit and provides the heat. It doesn't look like a small candle, like I thought it might be. But rather, it's a small pad, about the size of a note card (3x5") that is flammable and completely burns. I think I could figure out the metal loop and bamboo skewer cross-bracing that holds the base of the balloon open and that holds the lit pad in place.You may send responses to my email, as well...uncleplayground (at) yahoo (dot) comThanks!Sky Lantern
Posted by uncleplayground 11 years ago
I ran across a preprint today which I find wonderfully impressive. It documents a Chinese astronomical atlas prepared some time between 649-684 CE (AD, for the oldsters) , and covering the complete visible sky of the Northern Hemisphere. Star positions are accurate to within a couple of degrees (with naked eye observations). As the authors write in their abstract, This set of sky maps (12 hour angle maps in quasi-cylindrical projection and a circumpolar map in azimuthal projection), displaying the full sky visible from the Northern hemisphere, is up to now the oldest complete preserved star atlas from any civilisation. It is also the first known pictorial representation of the quasi-totality of the Chinese constellations.
Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago
Arriesgándome a que alguno diga "ya me parecía que el viejo este estaba chapita" voy a comentar algo, por las dudas alguien haya escuchado algo parecido: Miren este video, y luego lean mi comentario (como rimar2000) de hace un rato: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMdUKHGHLFQ y díganme qué opinan. Yo estoy re intrigado con ese tema. Acá hay referencias en inglés: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sky+sounds&oq;=sky+sounds&gs;_l=youtube.3.0.0l2.98201.101882.0.1049184.108.40.206.0.0.0.538.2621.3j3j0j1j0j3.10.0...0.0...1ac.1.NP_nZZtRbjQ Lo curioso es que se ha repetido por todo el mundo, y es algo reciente porque no hay registros de años anteriores. -------------------------------------------------------- At the risk that some say "and I felt that this old man was crazy" I will say something, just in case someone has heard something similar: Watch this video, and then read my comments (as rimar2000) a while ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMdUKHGHLFQ and tell me what you think. I'm very intrigued with this subject. Here there are English references: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sky+sounds&oq;=sky+sounds&gs;_l=youtube.3.0.0l2.98201.101882.0.1049220.127.116.11.0.0.0.538.2621.3j3j0j1j0j3.10.0...0.0...1ac.1.NP_nZZtRbjQ The funny thing is that has been repeated throughout the world, and it is recent because there are no records of previous years.
Posted by rimar2000 5 years ago
For this code, the rules are the same, but the setup is different. The letters are not mixed up, so if you get the word (for example) "Blue" it's "Blue", not "luBe". The words are still mixed up, but are on the correct line, so if the first line reads "Sky Blue The" and the second line reads "Cat Hat In The" it would be "The Blue Sky," and "Cat in the Hat." Oh, and I may, or may not have mixed up the alphabet. Oops ;-) From your's Truly, Rock Soldier
Posted by Rock Soldier 8 years ago
For our holiday party, Instructables and a few members of Potenco went trampolining at Sky High Sports. Sky High is essentially a couple of basketball-court-sized areas filled with trampolines. You bounce around like crazy, doing flips, playing dodge ball, and generally exhausting yourself. The potential for bodily injury is high, which for me, makes for an excellent holiday party. Afterward, we stuffed ourselves with Indian food.Today, the day after, everyone is nearly too sore to stand up straight.
Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago
.An Airbus A380 flew this Friday from Filton, near Bristol, UK, experimenting a new synthetic fuel : a GTL (Gas To Liquid) based fuel.This new synthetic fuel, which emits less pollutants, is intended to replace kerosene."Greener, cleaner, quieter, smarter" is the motto we could read on the fuselage of this giant of the sky.Airbus is planning a first flight 100% powered by bio-fuels in 2009.http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gq6b9_ogzADl78sRB8HeYMUess9wLet's hope Boeing will take it as a challenge, so we will compete to make the "Greenest, cleanest, quietest and smartest" planes ... ! =o)
Posted by chooseausername 10 years ago
Hello guys, I have recently started working on a high altitude balloon project. I am planing on making a balloon that will go up to 100k ft and while it is travailing up to that altitude it will be snapping pictures and taking videos of the sky. I am publishing all the updates related to this project on a project dedicated website www.AggieSpaceProgram.com . However after i am done i will be also making a very deatailed instructable on it so others may fallow in my foot steps. I just wanted to share my project with the instructables community, L4I
Posted by looking4ideas 7 years ago
Hey guys, im doin a project, ill be using two cordless drill motors with a maximum output of 12v each and unknown amp atm. My question is this: Both the outputs of those two motors will equal 24 volts, but I want 12 volts and increased amperage - this will, for the most part, be used to charge a 12 volt lead acid battery and I dont require the safety police on this one. So, can I take both outputs of the dc motors and wire them in parallel and have a resultant potental 12v maximum? Or will I have to use electrickery?? I have only a novice/intermediate skill in electronics and my parts come from re-using old scrap technology. tx, Sky
Posted by Sky Graham 6 years ago
Last night I dreamed of massive Earthly destruction by huge flaming rocks from the sky. It was really, really cool, but rather scary. Black sky, massive and multiple flaming rocks from above impacting with devastating effect (some distance away, but close enough to feel shock-waves). Not like the image, more real and hot-burning coals like (but that's the best I could manage to get for 2 mins of searching)If it happens soon it's a premonition?(I also dreamed that some landlord-bast's had been in while I was out and cleaned my place out of all the junk and important stuff like my furniture, PC etc and moved the stuff out of the shed into my lounge, but that was a completely separate scene and in daylight...)I was glad to wake up!
Posted by lemonie 9 years ago
MIDNIGHT RAINBOW: It could only happen around the summer solstice. "I recently witnessed a 'midnight rainbow,'" reports M-P Markkanen of Kuusamo, Finland. "It towered high in the sky and lasted from 10 pm until 3am local time on June 12th." He captured the moment using a Nikon D80: A rainbow at midnight. How can this be? Simple. Kuusamo is on the verge of the Arctic Circle, and at this time of year the sun never completely sets. Hanging low in the midnight sky, it shines up on distant rainclouds, creating a remarkably tall rainbow. "I guess you couldn't see a rainbow much taller than that," says Markkanen. "It was a clear sign of the coming solstice!" So who here from Finland had a chance to see this amazing sight?
Posted by JohnJY 8 years ago
I want to make a picture to hang on my daughters wall, but i want to add multiple leds onto the sky so as they twinkle like stars etc. How would i go about doing this ?? Thankyou.
Posted by Rasca43 11 years ago
I just came across this article that I had to share. I thought it was interesting. We are supposed to have severe weather conditions here. We had a thunder storm in December last night. Weird. http://news.yahoo.com/giant-tsunami-shape-clouds-roll-across-alabama-sky-192102289.html . Sunshiine
Posted by sunshiine 6 years ago
Mine are: Explosions in the Sky, God is an Astronaut, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Mono, Valley of the Giants, Caspian. Currently exploring an indie post-rock group from Greece, No Clear Mind. They have pretty good stuff on YouTube. Share post-rock bands that you know, I might like them too. :)
Posted by Analogue-Chick 7 years ago
Hello I have a question about an idea I have for an antenna that always points to the sky antenna no matter how it lands; this is for a high altitude balloon. My idea was to make an antenna the shape of a tetrahedron, so that one antenna always points up. Does having 4 antennas diminish the signal from the transmitter at all? Thank you
Posted by sdtacoma 7 years ago
The greatest British populariser of astronomy and space science, Sir Patrick Moore died today at 89. I would suggest that nearly 100% of British astronomers were influenced by Moore and his TV programme, The Sky at Night - of which, Sir Patrick was the longest serving presenter of any TV series anywhere. It is hard to imagine any more iconic figure in science media than Patrick Moore. A great loss.
Posted by steveastrouk 6 years ago
I got a TON of floppy disks that my dad's about to throw out, lots of different colors, I'm wanting to make something large, not just a letter holder, or a tote bag. I have access to a shop and a laser printer, as well as resources I could branch out in. Sky's the limit, what would you make? Sincerely, Mymridon.
Posted by mymridon 6 years ago
UK artist Freddie Yauner set a Guinness World Record when his CO2-powered toaster flung toast 2.6 meters into the sky. Sadly, there is no report as to what Freddie decided to top the toast with (butter? jam?) or if he ate his record-setting bread at all.Also check out Freddie's site for other records he has tried to set such as his fastest clock. Linkvia Core77
Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago
Sorry for the delay in getting this posted. Thought to share. WHAT: A daylong discussion with Idaho's technology industries and the Governor's Innovation Council.David Chase (PCS Edventures) is up for Innovator of the year! WHEN: Today (Thursday) Sep 24 8:00a to 9:00pWHERE: Boise State University: Stueckle Sky Center, Boise, ID ADMISSION: The Innovation Summit is open and free to the public!PRESS RELEASE: http://gov.idaho.gov/mediacenter/press/pr2009/prsep09/pr_065.html
Posted by ftking_83702 9 years ago
From my inbox:The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks on Tuesday, August 12th. The best time to look is during the dark hours before dawn on Tuesday morning when forecasters expect 50 to 100 meteors per hour. Get away from city lights if you can; plan a camping trip! The darker the sky, the more meteors you will see. The source of the Perseids is Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has littered the August portion of Earth's orbit with space dust. The dusty zone is broad and Earth is already in its outskirts. As a result, even before the peak on August 12th, you may see some "early Perseids" streaking across the night sky. Photos of these early arrivals will be featured in the days ahead on Spaceweather.com as part of our full coverage of the Perseid meteor shower.Being on holiday, I will be spending most of the shower either under city lights or in the wettest (and hence cloudiest) part of Britain, and unable to lay out large tarpaulins to catch rainwater.So, I won't be able to go fishing, or get time out to watch them. I wonder - will you?EDIT: I have, as predicted seen nothing. Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain ...
Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago
Well I've got minecraft but I dont play online so, I usually like to build cool things to mess with like connecting islands via an underwater railway. However I'm running out of ideas of things to build. Post ideas of things to build below or post cool screenshots of things you've built and I'll add them to the idea list. Ideas: -Build a glass ball filled with lava in the sky. -Use binvox to convert 3d objects into minecraft schematics. -Use the new note blocks and create a circuit system that plays "The Entertainer."
Posted by bounty1012 7 years ago
I already have sky lights installed in an unfinished attic. I figure I could try lining some heating duct with some of those Mylar emergency blankets, butt it up against the skylight and then install a modified recessed light fixture in the ceiling. Connect the tube to the light fixture and it should work the same as the $300 units. I understand the effect the dome could have on collecting light, I do have some security camera domes, but don't want to go cutting holes in the roof unless it will work. ???anyone Thanks
Posted by meisjedog 9 years ago
Google Maps have been taking "street view" images for a number of years now, and they've captured some interesting things... In this case, there's a ghostly figure that appears over a lake in Switzerland. If you want to see it with your own eyes, go to Google Maps. Copy and paste these coordinates for the location: 47.110579, 9.227568 Zoom in until you are in street view. Then look to the sky (North-West over the lake). Was this just a strange camera anomaly? or something more divine?
Posted by canucksgirl 6 years ago
I may be off on a tangent to reality, but I wonder if there are any statistics available on the effect of all the Tonnage Oxygen plants around the world sucking in all the oxygen, separating the various gases & storing them in pressurised liquid form. I did a quick search today and 2 countries alone were 'manufacturing' (sucking in our air, separating the elements and producing) 26,000 tonnes of approximately 99% pure oxygen per day! To the crux of my question: Is this action (carried out on a worldwide scale and potentially growing) upsetting the balance of our atmosphere - we are all informed by the press and by the scientists that global warming is (or may be) attributed to mankind burning fossil fuels and dumping the excess carbons into the atmosphere. I just view this as the flip side of the argument........ has anyone ever considered the tonnage of oxygen drawn in from the atmosphere by these plants which is sold-on essentially as bottled gas or piped to be used for oxidising other materials (blast furnaces, basic oxygen steel-making, scrap cutting etc), could be having an equal or bigger impact on our atmosphere and global warming than the straight burning of fossil fuels by power stations and automobiles etc? Just 'throwing the idea out there' (Liquid oxygen when spilt and viewed as a puddle, appears blue like the sky, the deeper the oxygen puddle, the more vivid the blue became ..... reminded me of when I was a kid the sky looked a lot bluer than it does these days).
Posted by Ttrick 5 years ago
I have been thinking a long time about the biotic pump theory but I still don't understand it. The math is too hard for me. BUT it got me to thinking. It is a point of major dispute in the meteorological world. Does condensation cause low pressure? 2 russian nuclear physicists say yes, almost everyone else says no! So, I thought and thought and thought. Now I think I have a simple enough explanation And yes, they may not necessarily cause low pressure under the cloud (probably do) but they definitely suck in air from elsewhere. Imagine a fleet of huge doughnut shaped dirigible airships. They are sitting at 10,000 ft just floating there. Now the commander tells everyone that they must now fly at 5000 ft. So they turn on their propellers (in the hole in the doughnut) and drop down to 5000 ft by propelling air up through the hole. Now staying at 5000 ft is achieved by running the propellers at just fast enough. So at 5000 ft they are pumping air from under the doughnuts to above them. Now imagine a cumulus cloud. Even though it is not fixed in size or shape and it does not have a propeller, it is doing the exact same thing. Air is being pumped up the middle and the clouds are sitting lower in the sky than they "should", because they are sending that column of air up into the sky. Here is my video to explain it visually. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPO8dWm_GIg
Posted by gaiatechnician 3 years ago
My next submission for the Create Scholarship is an outdoor one. And a night. I'm an astronomy student by education and I have had the opportunity to teach both students and the general public. One of the most frustrating aspects of showing folks where particular objects or constellations are located. Just pointing at it doesn't cut it. Unless you get real intimate in their personal space, they have no idea what you are pointing at. Informing them that, "Betelgeuse is the reddish-orange star right there" quickly results in, "they have colors?" I've used a green laser at star parties in the past with much satisfaction however, a shivering hand or a need for both hands for demonstration quickly makes it a hinderance. I would like to build a robot that continuously points at a selected object in the sky and follows it through the sky. The software would convert right ascension and declination and factor in date and time to provide the robot with the proper azimuth (compass direction) and altitude (angle above horizon) to aim with. The Roomba is great at rotating, so I would refine it and add a stepper motor with encoders for the laser arm. It would also have a tilt sensor to compensate for uneven ground. A red-lcd (for happy dilated pupils) display of all the pertinent information as well as object name would also be displayed. The hardware requirements are minimal as the database for popular objects would fit on most any memory stick. A remote control (wireless PDA or the like) for easy navigation and manual override would be also be included. I think most any amateur astronomer or educator would find such a robotic assistant indispensable. I for one can't wait to build it!
Posted by SolamenteDoug 11 years ago
From reading https://www.instructables.com/community/What-3D-printers-can-do-and-what-they-cant/, this article. It seems as the sky is the limit as long as I have a good artist, a proper 3D modeller and the correct material. However, I want to start a business whose main focus is 3D printing. What are things, I really can't make? Besides hiring an artist and 3d modeler. What printer would you recommend for the business idea? How many would you recommend as starting point for a small business with an expansive focus? Is there some multiple materials printer that includes glass, plastic, resin, wood, etc.?
Posted by VictorM19 3 years ago
I went out to the car yesterday at around mid-day and saw what I THOUGHT was the light of the sun refracting off the trunk lid of my car......I WAS WRONG. I looked up into the nearly cloudless (except in one area) sunny sky, and saw two large clouds "near" each other; with a HUGE bright rainbow in between them. This is the first time I have EVER seen a rainbow in a sunny, rainless, snowless day. Below is a Close up and a normal sized picture of the bow. In the second picture, there is a speck up there, that is a crow, IIRC.
Posted by Goodhart 8 years ago
So I was wondering if it had already snowed in your town and if so how much? I live in Belgium, Limburg, Bilzen and our whole country is getting huge snowfall like I have only seen once in my short 20 year life. At home we have about 10 cm of snow lying and more is still falling out of the sky... Heathrow in the UK has apperantly shut down and many UK people are stuck in our airports (Zaventem, etc) now and problems with transportation are rising in my country and neighbouring ones. So how's the situation with you guys? Enclosed a picture of my backyard at around 2 in the afternoon.
Posted by MichelMoermans 7 years ago
Hey. So i decided to get a PS VITA recently. But with all the good games' prices sky high im worried that i would get a ps vita and not be able to play any good games. I dont really want to use remote play (probarbly because i dont have a ps), and i also dont want to buy games for 120 TL (turkish currency, expensive) My cousin has a regular PSP and he gets games for 15 a peice. Is there such thing for PS VITA?? Thanks in advance.
Posted by Doc Penguin 3 years ago
Secret files on UFO sightings have been made available for the first time by the Ministry of Defence. The documents, which can be downloaded from the National Archives website, cover the period from 1978 to 1987. They include accounts of strange lights in the sky and unexplained objects being spotted by the public, armed forces and police officers. One man explained in great detail his "physical and psychic contact" with green aliens since he was a child. The writer said that one of them, called Algar, was killed in 1981 by another race of beings as he was about to make contact with the UK government. BBC StoryUFO file picturesUK Government UFO files for download
Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago
I recently ripped apart a Sky+ box that was out of use. Of course, it contained many parts. Quite a few tact switches, a few LEDs, a lot of capacitors, lots of resistors. One of these parts was a little metal cube with a black sphere protruding from the front of it. This is the IR receiver for the remote. I wish to incorporate it into another project. The first problem is I don't know how to use it. It has 3 "legs" - 3 metal contacts. The second problem is I can't easily experiment with it as I inadvertently destroyed my breadboard earlier. A new one will come as soon as I can manage, but until then..... My question is this - any ideas how it would be used? Thanks in advance, ~H4ZZ
Posted by __DELETED__ 7 years ago
Awesome.Cyril Mazibuko grew up in the shadows of the mountains. Born in a small kraal at the foot of the Drakensberg range in the southern part of the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa, Cyril would often look up at the 3,000-meter basalt peaks, a playground for African paragliders. Enthralled, Cyril made a decision: He would build his own glider and join them in the sky.Now 26, Cyril is the only black South African currently registered with the sport's ruling body. And it all started with a glider he made from plastic bags, purloined rope and baling wire, a glider that flew -- sort of -- though it both amazed and horrified the professional paragliders who saw it. Wired story
Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago
Well my mom decided that she would give me permission to paint my room how I wanted. I had an idea of like... a silhouette of a NYC skyline (or any skyline) in black around the walls that goes about 3 or 4 feet up. Then above that would be like... a bluish color. Then in the top corner above my bed, a Orange circle sun were the vertex of the ceiling and 2 walls would be the center of the circle.So first I need to find a silhouette, preferribly just black buildings, kinda like this, but less complicated. Something easily taped off.link to pictureAlso, I want you suggestions on the paint colors. I'm pretty set on black for the buildings but I'm not sure about the sky/sun.Comments/Suggestions/Concerns/Help
Posted by thatjawn 10 years ago