A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in exact alignment with one another, where the Sun’s rays are blocked from shining upon the moon by the Earth, which stands between the two. There is always a full moon during a lunar eclipse. A solar eclipse, from Earth, can be seen as a bright ray of fire as the Moon appears to cover the Sun. Now both of these astronomical events will be occurring within mere weeks of another (lunar on June 26, 2010 and solar on July 11, 2010), creating a huge shift in the electro-magnetic energy field that effects every Earthling.
Fantasy and Science Fiction artists have been enamored by the stars, planets, the Moon and the Sun for ages, creating such incredible depictions of the universe and faraway worlds that inspire even the most reality-driven man to use his imagination.
In honor of these symbolic elements that remind us just how small we are in this universe, here are some of my favorite pieces of art.
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On a daily basis, I hear my friends talk about what car they’d love to drive. A BMW this or that. I don’t know about you, but there’s another form of transportation I’d kill to take to work every day: a spaceship!
In lieu of fans everywhere that agree, here’s a look at some of the coolest, creepiest, and funniest spaceships to ever to grace TV and film.
U.S.S. Enterprise (Star Trek)
Check out more panoramic views of the new bridge on Sci Fi Scoop.
If you’re one of those people that loves a behind the scenes look at the architecture of such a ship, check out the blueprints for almost every Star Trek ship to date!
The Galactica (Battlestar Galactica)
Here’s an interesting article and breakdown of these first two ships: Starship Enterprise vs. Battlestar Galactica: Who would win?
Cylon Raider (Battlestar Galactica)
Death Star (Star Wars)
Though technically a space station, this moon-shaped creation needs to be on the list!
The Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)
The Tardis (Dr. Who)
Winnebago Eagle V (Spaceballs)
Borg Cube (Star Trek)
Shadow Vessel (Babylon 5)
This one is for those of you who love spiders.
The coolest part about this ship is that, when it’s taking off, the lighted back end makes it look like (you guessed it) a firefly!
The Mothership (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)
Though the exterior is also cool, it’s the gate room that makes the ships in any Stargate series unique!
Aries 1B Earth-Moon Shuttle (2001: A Space Odyssey)
How to make a spaceship
For anyone wondering how you can make your own spaceship at home, the Browncoats show you how to build a spaceship on a budget.
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I was perusing YouTube for some fascinating sci-fi films, shorts, animations, and whatever else I could find. Here are a few that I thought kicked ass!
This first video was created by my own production company PUCKER as part of our first season of comedic (and often raunchy) shorts. Yes, that’s me in purple! More at: PUCKER.
Aliens Vs. Coffee machine
A really well done sci-fi a nimation by Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen. More at: aniBOOM.
A science-fiction short film about a young man who accidentally discovers that he can travel between two parallel worlds. You can check out the Visual Effects Breakdown in this video.