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Thrym posted a topic in Works In ProgressI bought in on the Kickstarter for the board game, Planetarium. It's a great game and the family loves it. But we want real planets to spin around the sun. So, I have taken it upon myself to make some. I know, shocking. Here's the game: The game came with slotted stands for upright cardboard tokens for the planetoids. But they are flat and hard to see on the board if parallel to your view. Where to start? First and quickest thought was to take a ping pong ball or four and just paint the planetoids on them as seen in the tokens. But where's the fun with that. Besides, I wouldn't be Thrym if I didn't use bark or some other basing material. Here we go! Ping pong balls ... close: These are "Practice" Golf Balls available at my local non-Dollar Tree dollar store. They come apart ... so expect to see them again! WOOT! But, the first one I want to make is going to a version of Planet B a turquoise colored planetoid. Shown above and here in the Player Mat: So, I started with the mini-wiffleball and glued small pieces of bark to it. And then spray primed it gray: Enjoy and Stay Tuned!
A tiny sliver of NASA's budget supports a wee little webpage called The Astronomy Picture Of the Day. As with all things NASA an acronym results: APOD. If you missed the eclipse, they did not: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140416.html But do click on the link for the caption, explanation, and further links --- for the sake of SCIENCE. Moving on to April 17th: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140417.html This took a day or two for someone to composite. But, again, do click on the link for the caption, explanation, and further links --- for the sake of SCIENCE. Also look for the very subtle " > " link on each APOD page, which will take you to the next day. April 16 to 20 have just been particularly cool. (Your tax dollars zapping the moon with a laser, how cool is that?) Here is the April 20 image hidden with spoiler tagging: ...but again I recommend checking out the original. (BTW, The original image often will link to a high-res version.)