Based on the past couple weeks, it’s clear that humans will always obsess over the mysteries of our vast universe. Interstellar gained praise for scientific accuracy unlike any prior box-office hit, the Rosetta spacecraft released its Philae comet lander after 10 years and 300 million miles, and to top it all off, the Leonid meteor shower peaks TONIGHT.
Here, your coverage on the three biggest space-related events of the moment:
1) Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and the film’s visual effects team worked with astrophysicist Kip Thorne to ensure “nothing would violate established physical laws.”
Added bonus: Christopher Nolan guest-edited WIRED‘s December issue (available in Next Issue tomorrow). In the issue, he and Thorne discuss how they reached a perfect balance of science and on-screen magic—and ended up liking each other in the process.
Here’s a sneak preview from WIRED:
2) The Rosetta spacecraft and Philae probe have their own Twitter accounts…and some pretty adorable conversations.
@ESA_Rosetta and @Philae2014 are more than just a spacecraft and a robot. They’re business partners and the best of friends, as seen through their tweets as they worked through the good times and the bad (the comet landing and Philae’s imminent battery drain).
3) Scientists predict 10 to 15 meteors per hour in tonight’s Leonid meteor show.
If you’re lucky, you could even see a meteor explosion like this one, the expanding ring appearing in the sky over South Dakota.
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